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Should RHS Change Its Attendance Policies?
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Should RHS Change Its Attendance Policies?
This essay is purely my opinion on RHS's Attendance policies. It goes over the pros and cons of having them.
[887 words]
Andrew Allyn Rasmussen
Andrew Allyn Rasmussen is born and from Rochester, Michigan. He is 15 years old, born on july 14, 1986. Andrew is nicknamed "RAZ", he is 6' tall, brown hair/eye, caucasian skin color, and very understanding.
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Should RHS Change Its Attendance Policies?
Andrew Allyn Rasmussen

Should RHS Change Its Attendance Policies?

The over population at RHS is affecting studentsí academic careers. I am declaring independence from the RHS attendance policy. I disagree with the rules there. The re-assignment policy affects students because it deprives them of an education.

Kids who care about their academic career can be re-assigned just from getting to school late for their first hour. For example, my brother was re-assigned from this. Usually he misses the bus and has to walk or ride his bike to school. It takes him about forty-five minutes to walk to school because he is a walker. In cold or wet weather, it takes him longer to get to school. He got to school later than five minutes a few days and was re-assigned. My brotherís friend, Alfred, was re-assigned because he too missed the bus on a couple of occasions. He now has to pay one hundred and fifty dollars to go to summer school to make up his first hour class, just because he had one too many unexcused absences.

Young adults who want to succeed in life and earn a higher education are in jeopardy of loosing their goals, because of the RHS attendance policy. For example, a senior named Dave was re-assigned from his health class because of tardies. Now, Dave canít graduate with the rest of his class until he completes the class in summer school. My friend Ryan has a GPA of 3.3. He received four unexcused absences, a couple of tardies in his class, and because he was re-assigned failing his GPA dropped to a 2.75. Itís just deplorable how this policy can still be contemporaneous

Students need more than twelve exempted absences, for a semester. If this was commenced, there would be more subtly arguments occurring. Students are getting all muddled up over how they go on vacation for a week or so, and then almost all of their exempted absences are gone. A lot of chaps are yammering about when they are absent several times, they come back and are re-assigned. Although we may fell beguiled about staying home sick, it could be hard to forefend the situation. For example, my friend Frank was unexcused because he went to a funeral and missed a couple of school days. After he came back, he caught bronchitis and was out of school for a week and a half. Because of this, my friend Frank was re-assigned.

Twelve exempt absences only give students a maximum of less than two and a half weeks to be absent. Twelve tardies isnít a sufficient amount because the crowded halls prevent many students from reaching their class on time. Lately, the trash and the smell of the hallways only further prevent students from getting to class on time. Nine out of every ten RHS students interviewed said that there wasnít enough time to get to class. Some counterarguments and rebuttals for students at RHS would be that students need to be more responsible in getting to through the hallways on time. How can you be responsible in getting to class on time when kids are pushing and shoving you in the hallways? One way, the students could go outside and around the building and run to their class. They could also stop talking to their friends so much. Another way would be for the RHS attendance policy to stop being so ornery and give the students more tardies.

A student could have just received a doctorís note to extend their absence without being penalized. That doctorís note wouldnít excuse the vacation though. Yes, unlimited absences and tardies would be ignorant, because almost every student could have possibly retorted away from the school already, but the Re-assignment Comity needs to be more lenient toward the fact that RHS is so over crowded. People canít get to class on time and are being re-assigned because the halls are too crowded. There are 2500 students in a school that was made to hold 1500 students. Just a little while ago, my friend George had an A in Spanish class, was dedicated to it and was re-assigned because of the difficulty in getting from class to class.

The tardies will eventually lead up to four unexcused absences. Most of the tardies students receive are because of the over crowded hallways. The district isnít building enough facilities to accommodate for the steadily growing population of Rochester. For example, last year many of Adamsí students complained that Stoney Creek was way too small. Then comes our school, RHS, who is exasperated because we have almost twice the population of AHS. The district didnít do much to minimize the dilemma. Rochester has gained 7,000 people in the census of 1990-2000 and good portions of the population are students. This leads to more overcrowding in the hallways.

I declare independence from the RHS attendance policy. The hallways of RHS at Stoney Creek are the worst yet. When you are re-assigned failing your GPA goes down and can ruin chances of academic success. Re-assignment deprives a student of his/her education because they donít learn much of anything. Students need to get to class on time to ensure a successful education, but when reasons beyond their control prevent that from happening, there is a real problem with RHS attendance policy


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