Richmond School Board drafting policy to curb excessive tardiness

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond parent, Beth Gilbert admits it’s not always easy getting her children to school on time.

She said because of open enrollment, her kids take the city bus to school since she has to work.

She said that sometimes leads to tardiness, especially with her older son.

“I knew about a few of them, but I didn’t know of the extent of them,” said Gilbert.

Richmond School Board Vice-Chair, Kristen Larson said the board is trying to change the way they handle student tardiness, as so many children are chronically late to school or leaving early in the school system.

Larson said on Monday the board voted to begin a new policy to address these issues.

Right now, there are consequences if a student has 25 unexcused tardies or early dismissals.

Larson said the new policy would allow truancy officers to intervene before it gets that bad by contacting the parents early on.

“Really get in there and find out are there some challenges with the family, do we need to educate the family?” said Larson.

Beth Gilbert said she’d like that kind of open conversation, but still has her reservations.

“It would be nice to know ahead of time, I could take action,” said Gilbert. “But the problem is more systematic than that. The solution needs to fit the problem.”



  • Love the day!

    Get up earlier and make sure your children are awake and preparing for school. It is the responsibility of the parents to get their kids to school on time, albeit on the city or school bus. Parents should be firm and proactive and show their kids the importance of being responsible!

    • Clayton Bigsby

      It’s hard to get up early when the only job you have is to open the front door twice a month and grab a check from the taxpayers.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        Ok “Howard”. Facts aren’t supposed to be funny. Go back to bed now, youre off until the next presidential election rolls around and then you can vote yourself a raise again. Loser.

  • dave

    this is the problem “if I knew” well who had the children?Not me,not the school,you did lady so get of your backside and take some responsibility ok.If you cannot raise them,don’t have them

  • Concerned

    it is ultimately the parents responsibility to make sure their children are at school on time. Is it a struggle? Sure if you are a single parent and trying to work a job with set hours. but guess what– if those hours dont work find a new job, find a daycare, a neighbor, family member, someone who can help. But STOP relying on everyone else to fix YOUR problems. You chose to be a parent SO BE ONE. For a year I had to change my schedule around to make sure my child got to school because they attended a speciality center out of area. I didnt expect the school system to solve the problem.

  • me

    Excuses from schools, excuses from School Board, excuses from parents leads to the exact
    consequences experienced as a result of no discipline anywhere in these children’s lives.

  • Unbelievable

    25 unexcused tardies or early dismissals! 25! The school doesn’t do anything until the kid has 25?
    It should be one, one unexcused tardy and the parents should be contacted by the school. If a kid gets away with it once, he will continue to do it. After 25, the kid has a habit and it will be much harder to break.

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