By: Taylor Livingstone, Natalie Zullo, Johnny Grasso, Zariah Petway
Scott Hurwitz, principal at Brien McMahon High School, gave the order to begin issuing 30 minute detentions on September 11th for students who arrive after the 7:30 bell in an effort to lower tardiness. “We are trying to provide kids with greater motivation to get to school on time because missing class isn’t good for them and number two, being late to school is another disruption for the other kids who are in class,” said Hurwitz.
On September 11, the day detentions began, 77 slips were distributed to students who arrived late. Consequently, on the second day, numbers decreased to 55. According to Mr. Hurwitz, these detentions will not go on your record at school, however, if consistent, administration will look into why this is a daily issue.
Detentions are held in different areas of the school and students are required to serve their detention within three days of receiving it. If a student skips their detention they will receive a day of ISS, according to Mr. Hurwitz.
Although these punishments are significant for students, these consequences have decreased tardiness significantly and Hurwitz believes it will continue to decrease.
When the detention rule was initiated, major concern from students arose. After interviewing sophomore, J.T. Livingstone, and senior, Julia Ely, we found that complications such as parking traffic are what cause students to be late. “I’m more conscious of it now, getting to school earlier” said senior lacrosse player, Julia Ely.