Abolish the "Start on Time" policy at C.K. McClatchy High School

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The "Start on Time" policy implemented at CKM in March of 2019 privileges punishment over education. The policy locks an already tardy student out of their classroom and sends them to wait in a 15 minute line to grab a detention pass. Only after the student has attained the pass will the teacher open their unlocked doors. CKM is literally locking us out of our classrooms. 

The policy also stipulates that students cannot leave their classroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class. This restricts access to bathroom facilities. The California education code section 49000 specifically says that "Children of school age are the most vulnerable.. and it is wholly reasonable that the...integrity... of their bodies should be... at least equal to that afforded to other citizens."  This code would then argue that students at CKM should be granted the most basic level of respect, autonomy, and access that other citizen enjoy in the normal world. 

Additionally, detention is utilized as a scare tactic that looms over our heads and forces to skip any other passing period obligations simply so we won't be yelled at and thrown into a dark room during lunch.

The policy assumes a couple of things:

1- It assumes that all students have control of their arrival time to school. Many students rely heavily on public transportation. Students might also live far away or have unconventional methods of arriving on campus. The policy punishes those that already must go out of their way in the morning to arrive at all. 

2- The policy assumes that the campus isn't overcrowded. You're asking 2600+ students to trek across campus within the smallest possible time frame. Imagine trying to get from the d-wing to the foreign language hall, and also stop at the bathroom and get materials from your locker while all of the stairways and hallways are jam packed. CKM is over enrolled, adjustments have to be made to accommodate the influx of students. 

Let's be clear, this policy in no way incentivizes learning. Rather, it makes students angry and frustrated with an administration that seems to only want the "attendance" check from the government. Please understand the larger implications of this policy: there's better ways to seek good attendance without locking us out of our classrooms and resorting to terrible methods of punishment. 

 

 

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