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5-20 fixes absences

By Denebola
Published: September 2007

By Idun Klakegg
A new policy on teacher absence, crafted by the South Senate, will take effect this year.

The purpose of the Policy is to standardize teachers’ individual policies, as well as to dispel the widespread belief that if a teacher is ten minutes late, the class is cancelled.

Dubbed the “5-20 Policy,” it states that if a teacher does not come to class for five minutes, one student should go to the house off and ask the secretary if any details of the teacher’s absence are available. If the secretary decides that the teacher is not coming, the students will be sent to a study hall for the rest of the period. If the secretary believes the teacher will come, the students must then wait for twenty minutes.

If, at the end of that time, the teacher does not show up, they should inform the secretary and proceed to a free-block.

“I found it annoying that most people thought there was a ten minute policy, that was never in the books, and I thought it should be standardized,” junior South Senator Bill Humphrey, the main writer of the 5-20 Policy, said. “One of my teachers told us that she was not going to be flexible even if she was very late so I thought it was time to come up with a definite policy.”

The initial proposal took approximately two months to become policy, but the writing was done in two weeks. “We debated it during Senate, and it was finished during the end of last year, ready for presentation to Mr. Salzer,” junior S e n a t o r An y a Wh e l a n – Smith said.

The faculty presented a few minor changes. ” T h e y g e n e r a l l y a c – cepted it as a reasonable policy and approved it i n Au g u s t , ” Hump h r e y said.

The South Senate is a student council that has t h e c a p a c i t y f o r e i g h t people from each grade a n d a n e l e c t e d p r e s i – dent. T h e S e n a t e v o t e s o n issues they consider imp o r t a n t , w r i t e u p t h e policy and present it to the faculty in order to be voted on.

If passed, it goes to the principal to be signed.

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