Tardiness Lands Kindergarten Student in Detention

kindergarten-detention-tardyIt is standard policy for Olympia Elementary School in San Antonio to dole out detentions to children who are habitually late; more than three times. Sounds reasonable, only I think some things need to be taken into consideration like the age of the student and the reason for the tardiness. Life is not black and white, after all.

Mrs. Loeffler offered to do the time for the crime of tardiness. The Loefflers tried to explain their situation to the principal but no one seemed to care why she was late, only that she was late.

A kindergartener, 6-year-old, Brooke Loeffler was put in detention after her parents dropped her off late to Olympia Elementary School in San Antonio for a third time. Erika and Brad Loeffler, Brooke’s parents, both work full-time but in addition to that they also have a newborn with medical needs. They accept full responsibility for Brooke being late and even offered to pay for their transgressions at the school by volunteering their time and services because they don’t think that a kindergarten student should be punished for something she has absolutely no control over.

Mrs. Loeffler offered to do the time for the crime of tardiness. The Loefflers tried to explain their situation to the principal but no one seemed to care why she was late, only that she was late. 

The tardy policy has been in effect for three years, and every year each parent signs off on it when his or her child enrolls. The school has documentation on file confirming that the Loefflers accepted the terms of detention as punishment for tardiness. We do the same thing at our school, there is a books worth of paperwork that we have to sign off on at the beginning of each school year. I don’t think most of us read every single sheet or think that it could happen to us.

The school claims that it works with parents to make detention more doable. They allowed Brooke Loeffler to split the hour detention into two days during her lunch period because she couldn't stay after school. On the first day her father sat with her and on the second day, her grandmother sat with her. But if you ask me, she is too little to have detention and they definitely need to take into account extenuating circumstances. Detention for a kindergartener who has no control over whether or not she is tardy is ridiculous.

Do you think that detention for a kindergartener is acceptable?

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Tardiness Lands Kindergarten Student in Detention

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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2 comments

  1. kerri says:

    I think a child this age is too young to be held accountable for his tardiness. They should look to the parents for the reason why this child is tardy so often and see if they can work out a solution so that he has a better chance of making ir to school on time. If he is tardy at this age this is not a good beginning to his school career.

  2. Emily says:

    While I guess I understand the school’s reasoning for detention due to tardiness, i think its unreasonable for an elementary school to have that policy. Unless the district busses elementary students, most elementary students can’t get themselves to school, so parents are responsible if they kids are late. Punish the parents, not the students.

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