All students should have at least thirty minutes from school opening to class start. Students should have sufficient time to report to school and to their classes from the time that the doors of their schools are opened. The few extra minutes that certain schools open prior to set times are beneficial, though they should not be rationed into the prescribed thirty minute period. For example, if a school is set to open at 8:00 a.m., though the doors of the school might open a few minutes prior to this time, students should have until 8:30 a.m. to acquire breakfast and/or report to class. In certain Shelby County Schools students must be in class by 8:15 a.m. if their school opens at 8:00 a.m.

Giving students a mere fifteen to twenty minutes to eat breakfast and report to class from the time that the doors of schools open is really unreasonable, in consideration of students who are driven to school and must wait for numerous cars ahead of them to drop their children off and in consideration of walking students who reside a significant distance from the schools who should not have to wait in cold or inclement weather for the doors of the schools to open to get their children to school on time.

Breakfast itself should last at least twenty minutes, and students should have sufficient time to use the lavatory to wash their hands… before and afterwards, and to exchange material from their lockers, if this is applicable.

Though my son typically has good attendance (and grades) and my daughter has had perfect attendance for nearly a month now (juxtapose her typical perfect grades) and we intend to keep up the momentum whether or not what I’m prescribing here is implemented, consideration should be given to students with varying circumstances who continue to be affected by the brief period of time that students are required to report to class from the opening of school doors.

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