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SFMS Tardy Policy


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Does arriving to school on time really have anything to do with our students’ education? Studies conducted by the U.S. Department of Education in regards to arriving late to school show that tardiness to school is a major factor to student behavior and school success. Students who are frequently tardy have lower grades, standardized test scores, and graduation rates. Dropouts have a higher rate of tardiness. Students who are frequently tardy have higher rates of suspension and other disciplinary actions. They are more likely to have attendance and tardiness problems when they enter the workforce. At Spanish Fort Middle School, our mission is to transition our students into the next phase of their education and help prepare them for life after school. We want our students to be successful. I know that our parents want their children to be successful too. That success starts with one thing everyone can control – being on time!

Violations and consequences are as follows:

  • 5th Unexcused Tardy:
    • Student receives a warning and this letter to the parent explaining the consequences for subsequent unexcused tardies. 
    • Copy of letter is to be signed by parent/guardian and returned the next school day.

NOTE: There will not be any additional letters required

  • 7th Unexcused Tardy: 1 Day of OCS
  • 9th Unexcused Tardy: 2 Days of OCS
  • 10th Unexcused Tardy: Student can no longer attend any Field Trips, School Dances, Assemblies, etc.
  • 11th Unexcused Tardy: 3 Days of OCS
  • Any further violation (12 Unexcused Tardies or More) will result in 3 Days of OCS

 NOTE: Excessive OCS days could result in an out-of-school suspension

 I thank you in advance for supporting this effort.


Oliver Sinclair


Spanish Fort Middle School