Tardy Plan for 2018-2019

September 07, 2018

Tardy Plan Letter to Families

Being on time to school is important to us at Herndon High School. When students arrive to school on time, teachers can start class with minimal interruption and maintain the momentum of their instruction. After a review of student attendance in the 2016-17 school year, we determined that unexcused tardiness to school was a significant issue at Herndon High School that must be addressed. One full school year later, we continue this journey to get students to school on time each day. We understand there are many reasons why students are tardy to school. Our goal, however, is to place emphasis on students getting to school and class on time.

In an effort to minimize the impact to our instructional environment, the staff at Herndon High School has worked together to build unity and create a plan to minimize student tardiness. As a staff, we have made the agreement that any student who is not inside their 1st or 2nd block classroom when the bell finishes ringing is considered tardy to school. In addition, we also have a plan to accurately track student tardiness and create a stronger connection between behavior and consequence for students who are frequently tardy to school. Beginning September 10, 2018, all students arriving late to school before 9:00am will check in at a designated “Tardy Table”. There will be 2 Tardy Tables; one will be located inside Entrance 11 and another inside Entrance 6. These will be the only locations for late check-in to school between the hours of 8:10 and 9:00am. Students will report here to check-in and to receive a pass to enter their 1st block or 2nd block class. After 9:00am, students will check in only at Door 11. Students who accumulate frequent unexcused tardies may be issued a consequence at this time as well.

Consequences for unexcused tardies include:

1st Tardy: Warning

2nd Tardy: Warning

3rd Tardy: Lunch Detention

4th Tardy: After School Detention

5th Tardy: Determined by Administrator, including additional detentions, Alternative Instructional Arrangement time (AIA), In-School Suspension, etc.

You can help us in our work by emphasizing the importance of coming to school on time every day with your student. Please note that, as usual, excused tardies will not count against students. The Fairfax County Public Schools Student Rights and Responsibilities document specifies that tardies are considered excused if a parent calls or provides a note citing illness, a death in the family, a medical or dental appointment, or religious obligations.

We thank you in advance for your support in ensuring all of our Hornets are on time to school each day.



Liz Noto, Ed.D.


Herndon High School