High school ‘health late’ policy remains under scrutiny

— Marris said it “shouldn’t be up to the administrators what’s fair or not,” especially when parents feel their child’s tardiness is not something to be punished for.

“Eric has to have some kind of authority,” said Superintendent Bob Dubik, to which board member Jan Woodworth added that since New York state has compulsory education “It’s our responsibility as a school to make sure they are here.”

“No it’s not,” Marris said.

“Yes, it is our job to make every effort to make sure they are here,” Schnabl responded.

After much discussion, the board decided to leave the “health late” policy as it is, with the exception of changing the policy wording of allowable tardiness for “extreme circumstances” to say “special circumstances” as a way to allow more leeway to parents, students and administrators. The board also agreed to have Schnabl report back to them during the 2013-14 school year for another update on the policy to see if it is still working or if parents remain opposed to it.

Jason Emerson is editor of the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached at editor@cazenoviarepublican.com.

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