Katelynn Medley ‘20: It’s that time of the year again, the time where waking up early seems near impossible. With only a few short weeks left until summer break, fun end of the year activities, and the weather warming up, kids tend to be a little less focused due to their summer state of mind.

Not only less focused, but kids also run late, causing an overwhelming amount of tardies at RHS. Romeo High School sent out an email on Friday, April 27, stating that all doors, besides the front entrance, would now lock at 7:21 a.m., instead of the usual 7:24 p.m. This new rule spread around fast and became a heavy topic for students.  

In a poll out of 155 students, 94% of the student body oppose the new rule, while only 6% agree with it.

Gavin Miller ‘19, agrees with 94% of the poll, claiming that the extra 4 minutes are extremely valuable.

“I usually pull into the parking lot at about 7:18 a.m.,” Miller said. “I park in the back and it takes me a couple minutes to walk into the school, but my first hour is near the back entrance. I am typically always on time for first hour but now I have to walk around to the front. I don’t see the point in this rule because it’s creating more tardies, not decreasing them.”

Caroline Freshwater ’19, agrees with the other 6% however. Freshwater doesn’t see a problem with only losing 4 minutes.

“I arrive at school earlier anyways,” Freshwater said. “I’m never late and I get into the school before 7:21 am. I don’t understand why it is a big deal to lose 4 minutes because ultimately I would think you would probably be late anyways.”

With only a couple weeks left of the school year, students will eventually adapt to the new rule. Below is the full email passing on information from Mr. Osebold:

High School Students,

Spring is finally here… which is awesome. The problem is that some students are now showing up to school whenever. We had over 100 students late this morning, and there has been a drastic increase of tardies during the school day. This is completely unacceptable and disrespectful to the teacher and students who are disrupted when students arrive late to class. So, starting Monday, the following will start:

  • All exterior doors will be locked at 7:21 AM. Student drivers arriving after that time will have to walk to the front of the building and check in at the attendance office. If you arrive after 7:21, you’d be late to first hour anyway
  • For student drivers, we will be running daily reports for first hour tardies/absences:
    • At 6 you’ll lose your parking pass for a week
    • At 11 you’ll lose your parking pass for the year
  • We will be conducting random hall sweeps throughout the school day over the rest of the school year. I dislike hall sweeps, but they help. If you don’t know what a hall sweep is, it is when we close all doors when the bell rings and anyone not in class (therefore tardy) gets a detention; whether it’s your first tardy or tenth. If you have teacher permission to be out of the room, make sure you have a pass

I’m sorry we’re having to do this, but there is still a lot to get done before the end of the year.

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