Tardy Policy

  • Athens Drive Magnet High School

    Center for Medical Sciences and Global Health Initiatives

    Tardy Sweep


    Our new Tardy Sweep promotes students’ timely arrival to school and to each class throughout the day in an effort to decrease disruptions to the learning environment and to maintain order and safety in our school. It is our belief that students maximize their opportunities for academic achievement when they arrive to class promptly and are prepared for learning. We want to protect instructional time and limit classroom disruptions.

    Tardy Policy

    Students who arrive to school between 7:25 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. should report to the Tardy Sweep. Students who arrive to school after 7:45 must check in through the Attendance Office, drop off their note, and obtain an admit-to-class slip. Students who do not have a note after 20 minutes of missing class will be sent to ISS. If students are late as a result of riding a WCPSS school bus, they may get a pass and are exempt from tardy sweep. Remember, parent tardiness, car trouble, and traffic are examples of situations that are not considered excused by school board policy.

    Consequences for Tardiness

    • 1st Tardy: Warning
    • 2nd Tardy: Warning
    • 3rd Tardy: Warning
    • 4th Tardy: Warning
    • 5th Tardy: Warning
    • 6th Tardy: Warning
    • 7th Tardy: Warning
    • 8th Tardy: Warning
    • 9th Tardy: ISS immediately (for the remainder of the period)
    • 10th Tardy: ISS immediately (for the remainder of the day)
    • 11th Tardy: ISS immediately (for the remainder of the day and the next day)
    • 12th Tardy: Out-Of-School Suspension


  • Coming to school every day, ready to learn, is important for your child's success -- and it's required by state law for children between the ages of 7 and 16. 

    Excused absences include:

    You'll need to provide a note within two days of your child's return to school or the absences will be recorded as unexcused. Your principal or teachers will notify you if there are three or more unexcused absences, and will work with you and your child if there is a concern that absences are becoming excessive.

    Your child will need to make up all work he or she missed, as scheduled by the teacher.

    For more information, review School Board Policy 4400: Attendance.