Athletes and Attendance

By Kaydee Monsey

Athletes and coaches alike are raging at the new attendance policy put into place at the beginning of the year. But is it really as bad as everybody makes it out to be?

In the past, athletes only had to be at school for 4 consecutive periods on game day. to play in the big event. Unfortunately, some student athletes in the 2014-15 school year took advantage of that privilege.

Last year, (2015-16,) the policy changed. Unless otherwise excused by a doctor, students were required be at school for their full schedule on game day. This student athletes were enraged by the change. Yet, it had to be done.

The attendance policy was changed yet again for the 2016-2017 school year. Students cannot have more than 3 unexcused absences and/or 16 unexcused tardies within a 28-day period if they wish to remain eligible.

When asked how she felt about the new attendance policy, senior student athlete Christina Gerken confessed, “I don’t like it,” going on to explain that she had  planned her schedule so it may enable her to leave after her 4th hour, during TA and concurrent enrollment hours. “I can’t do that anymore, because I have to stay at school all day so I can play.”

Christina was not alone in her confusion and frustration, but other student athletes  had a different opinion on the policy. Senior Bryan Gudka was asked the same question, and answered very simply, “It’s not that bad. I kind of like it.”

Athletic Director Scott Richardson cleared up some of the controversy by explaining that the new policy this year is, in a way, more lenient than it has been in past years. It allows students the freedom to miss school due to unforeseen circumstances, such as an illness without a doctor’s note, or car trouble, without losing game-time privileges.

The attendance policy may have changed again but the motive is the same. Come to school!

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