Tardy students locked out at U.S. Grant High School

BY MEGAN ROLLAND Modified: February 18, 2010 at 10:18 am •  Published: February 18, 2010

About 200 students received a wake-up call after showing up late for classes Wednesday morning at U.S. Grant High School.

They were locked out of the building, unable to attend school.

In response to habitual tardiness, the administration at Grant High locked the doors promptly at 7:40 a.m.

"We’re trying to communicate that we’re serious about school improvement in Oklahoma City schools,” Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Karl Springer said. "Am I apologetic about some of the problems that this has created for families? Yes, but at the same time, I applaud the sense of urgency that (Principal) Rodney Stearns has created.”

Springer said that some parents had called the school district upset about the lockout.

Principal takes steps to get point across
This wasn’t Stearns’ first attempt to address the problem of students’ running late at his school.

Springer said last week Stearns rounded up all tardy students and took them to the gym for a lecture on the importance of being on time. Education Station blog



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