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8&8 Policy… Do You Agree?

Sophia Cooper

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8&8 is an incentive for students to come to school every day. 8&8 means if a student misses no more than 8 days and has 8 or less tardies, they are not forced to take fourth quarter finals.  Even though this seems like a fair policy, there are many unfair qualities with it. Including receiving an unexcused absence/tardy for situations the student can not control or change. Some examples of these situations may include catching an illness or missing school due to surgery or club sports.  

There are many students at this school who have broken bones and had to miss school days in order to get surgery.  Due to missing school, their 8&8 is not active, therefore, they are forced to take fourth quarter finals. The student should be required to make up the work missed, however her/his 8&8 should not be reduced.  This goes for the students who are a part of a club team. The student-athlete does not have a say in which their tournament occurs. As long as the student-athlete turns in his or her work and understands that it is his or her responsibility to get the homework done and turned in, his or her 8&8 should not be affected.  

The 8&8 policy requires to have missed/tardy no more than 8 days.  Students become stressed out when they catch an illness and decide to go to school in order to keep their 8&8.  This causes many other students to get ill. Not just illness effects 8&8, also club sports. Being a part of a team means putting forth 100% effort into the team, therefore if there is a tournament, the student (athlete) should not miss it.  This also affects the 8&8.

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