Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, Mountain View High School’s administration edited the attendance policy so that the students would be unable to sluff classes without a parent being notified.
For many students at Mountain View, this new attendance policy seems random and unfounded. It certainly threw many off of their normal school schedules. It used to be that a student could have seven “free” absences before their parents were notified. That rule was changed so now students can’t have any unexcused absences.
When questioned, Chas DeWitt, assistant principal, said the purpose is to help more students graduate.
“Our goal is to decrease the dropout rate,” he said.
He explained how students missed classes, which resulted in a lot of makeup work. They also then might drop out because they lose hope.
Derek Elison, assistant principal, said, “If you miss too much school, you’re marked N.C., which stands for No Credit. The whole reason of high school is to get a diploma, and it would be a bummer not to get one. It’s like you’re working for a job and your boss says, ‘By the way, you’re not getting paid.’”
“I think [the attendance policy] is fair,” Olivia Fletcher, a student, said. She added that in order to work, people need to take it seriously.
“It may be a touch drastic, but I think the long-term effects will benefit our school,” Madysen Walker, a student, said.
With this new policy, Mountain View High School hopes it will one day have a 100% graduation rate.