Day 122 (of 186) is extreme lateness a good thing? I’m saying it is…
I’ve always ranged from supporting “being on time for class” to being flexible when Learning communities had a track record of “gradual starts”. I’ve adapted by having silent reading start the day to starting the day in the gym to having “project time” to get things going.
I’m proud that I have parents state that their kids like coming to school each day – and even having one specific student who (due to anxiety) preciously has a day a week “off” the previous year hating when she couldn’t come to school due to either sickness or competitions. I like that kids like coming each day even if they know one of our thematic days may be a challenge for them (our math days are fun, but the sense of a full day of math still makes some cringe – I’m working on that though!!)
But is there such a thing as “too late” in the day to show up? I wonder this because the days going into spring break had two “lates” that I haven’t seen previously – one boy who woke up sick (and called in sick for the day) suddenly showing up after lunch. He took his meds and slept some more and woke up feeling better….and asked if he could come to school for the afternoon. I know that if I was too sick in the morning I don’t think I would’ve made a change and go in for the last hour and a half.
Even stranger I also had a student show up with less than half an hour at school. And this student has some “significant reluctance’s” to school that we have been working on – so his desire to come to school after a doctor appointment surprised me! Perhaps his regular desire to want to go home instead of being at school is changing??
I always welcome student as they arrive – even (especially) the ones that struggle to arrive when the bell says they should…and I’m going to count kids coming to school when they would not have previously and indeed had every right to be absent for the whole day, as a positive!