BL Spotlight

BL Students Struggle with Tardiness Problems

A typical school day at Boys’ Latin begins at a crisp eight in the morning, yet many people on a daily basis fail to arrive at school on time.

Senior Danny Norman said, “My typical morning routine includes: waking up, eating, brushing my teeth, and then proceeding to drive to school.” He and others like him follow this routine, and it all has to be done before 8:00 a.m.

A lot of kids face difficulties when they live far away from BL, including traffic delays on the highway or main roads. Senior Patrick McDermott said, “I live in Annapolis, so I leave before 6:30 a.m. in order to be at school on time. When I leave after 6:30 a.m., I am usually late because of morning traffic.”

 

baltimore traffic

Traffic on the Baltimore Beltway Inner Loop/I-695. Courtesy of Rachel Monroe, Baltimore Fishbowl.

 

Unlike McDermott, junior Cooper Weidner lives within 15 minutes of BL even with traffic. Weidner said he wakes up around 6:45 a.m. and faces little problems with arriving late.

Some people, like senior Francis Nnanna, face troubles with arriving at school on a daily basis. Nnanna said, “I usually miss my alarm or leave too late and then sit in traffic.” Yet, he’s not the only one who faces this problem.

Kids at BL face problems with traffic and running late, however, most of the time it’s unintentional. Most kids feel they shouldn’t be punished if it’s not their fault.

Nnanna talked about a possibility of not getting infractions when he arrives late. “I think they should allow kids to arrive late as long as it is within 10 minutes of school unless it becomes a repeated offense,” said Nnanna. Nnanna also described the current tardiness rules as outdated.

Most faculty members felt like the idea would not work. Students’ were more split, but it was based on if that individual usually runs late or not.

Most kids’ at BL are late because of traffic and user error with alarm clocks or dismissing the alarm altogether by choice. There is no way to fix traffic unless you leave earlier. And, well, the only way to beat traffic is to wake up earlier than usual.

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