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Why Punctuality Matters!

Chronic tardiness is when students are consistently late to class. Statistically, chronic tardiness in Elementary School has been linked to poor achievement in High School. This tardiness is problematic for many reasons and the repercussions can be far-reaching.

Those first minutes of the school day often set the tone for the rest of the day. Participating in class discussions about the schedule for the day, listening to the morning announcements, and simply participating in those morning greetings can be key to developing positive relationships with peers. Those precious minutes at the start of class can help students to feel a part of the class community. Students who are chronically late can feel rushed and stressed which already makes the school day more challenging. Students enjoy school much better when they arrive on time and are relaxed and ready to learn. 

The most crucial learning hours of the school day are often the morning hours because that is when we have our longest stretches of uninterrupted learning time, and that is also when children are most attentive. Students who arrive late often miss the beginnings of their core subject lessons when the teacher is reviewing or explaining key concepts. Their late arrival to class can disrupt the lesson and be a distraction for the other learners as well. 

The increasing numbers of students who are arriving late is also a challenge for our staff. In the mornings, each student who is late has already been marked “absent” by their teachers as part of our Safe Arrival Program. Late students must check in with the office staff to let them know they have arrived so that the “absence” can be changed to a “late”. We often have a backlog of students lined up at the office in the morning. This office check-in takes valuable time away from class and also leads to students from different cohorts being clustered together. 

If your child(ren) are chronically tardy, here are some tips for you as a family at home:

  • Establish and keep to a schedule; children thrive on routine
  • Have your children go to bed earlier and set an alarm to wake up earlier
  • No screen time after a specific time (no phones, no tablets, no computers, no t.v. –  e.g. 7:00 PM for Grade 1-4; 8:00 PM for Grades 5-8; research suggests that screen time prior to bed actually interferes with sleep patterns)
  • Prepare for the morning the night before by laying out clothes, packing backpacks and pre-packing lunches – make this a family routine each night before bed
  • Consider what time you are typically dropping your children off at school and adjust your schedule accordingly. If you are chronically dropping your children off at school 15 minutes late, set your alarms 15 minutes earlier

Punctuality is a valuable life skill to teach your children. We have direct entry into the school between 8:45 AM and 9:00 AM each morning. Students who arrive at 9:00 AM have only 5 minutes to remove their outerwear and get settled at their desks. Our instructional day starts at 9:05 each morning. Please make every effort to ensure that your child arrives at school on time to be seated at their desk and ready to learn at 9:05 AM. If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Why Punctuality Matters!