A school in Utah is fed up with students taking their sweet time to get to class. As a result, Stansbury High School has enacted a new policy: Be on time, or pay a fine.
As AOL News reports, if students are chronically late, they face a potential fine. While they can get off with a warning for the first offense, strikes two and three are met with a cash fine. First-time offenders are charged $3, while chronic offenders have their fines increased to $5.Screenshot/Fox 13
According to Fox 13, Cody Reutzel, assistant principal at the high school, commented on the policy, saying:
“What we’re really trying to target is those periods between classes where really it’s a choice. It’s a personal decision of whether you’re going to walk from class A to class B and be on time.”
Administrators say that in comparison to last year, hallways are a lot emptier during classes. Principal Gailynn Warr expounded on these results, saying:
“We just implemented it on Tuesday, and this week we’ve handed out just warnings, no fines at all.”
Despite the evidence proving the effectiveness of this new policy, parents are up in arms.Screenshot/Fox 13
Julie Rae, mother to a pupil at Stansbury High School, believes that while the fines might have their perks — they may teach students the importance of taking responsibility for their actions — she thinks the school should have discussed the new policy with the parents before its implementation. She said:
“I think it’s opening up a Pandora’s Box. That’s not going to fix the problem that they’re facing.”
Another parent, Brett Denison, thinks the school enacted the policy for its own gains. He said:
“I think the school board implemented this as part of a way to generate income, make a money grab out of the thing.”
However, Warr rebutted this claim, saying:
“Our goal is not to get money. It would be great if I didn’t get any money. I just want kids in class.”
For families that may not be able to pay the small fine, the school created alternative repercussions. For example, students can take a lunch detention or “show a clean tardy attendance for a few weeks.”
Furthermore, any fines that are collected from students will go directly into a school fund that will be turned around into incentives for the students.
The school plans to update the parents with a follow-up email to inform them of the results of this new policy.
After all, one of the goals of Stansbury High School is: “Respect: People, Property, and Time.”