Coming to School to Skip

Jenye Stanley

I as a student, I’m not going to lie and say when I ask to use the bathroom, I’m not going to the bathroom. Yeah, I stroll around just to take a quick break from class. This particular time, it was 1B and I took an EXTRA long stroll, like from the third floor to the first and back. Not a straight shot, Oh no I went through each hallway because Pre-Calculus is boring, but that is besides the point. As I was walking, I overheard a teacher, an administrator and two security guards talking about how some ninth graders aren’t going to class.
Let me say that again, ninth graders, freshmen, class of 2022,  NOT going to class. Like you just got here and you’re skipping already? As someone who would rather fail a class because they not understanding the material at all rather than they just didn’t show up for class. According to PGCPS Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, if you haven’t read it you should because you could probably prove a teacher or two wrong, but Section 5 is titled Student Attendance.
Under this section, it explains how your attendance plays a major part in your achievement. “Missing 10% of the school year (about 18 days) for lawful or unlawful reasons can drastically affect a student’s academic success.” Meaning 162 school days out of 180 school days, isn’t enough. This is missing school entirely. There’s a fine line.
In the Administrative Procedure, under Student Attendance, Absence and Truancy, the purpose of procedures like direct supervision, is prevent truancy and failure.
Long story short, you don’t want to fail a class based on your lack of attendance. You’ll just be in school longer. Most don’t like when administrators talk to them, then go to class. If you’re in class, they won’t bother you. Avoid the altercation all together.