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Chronic attendance still a problem despite detentions

Chronic attendance still a problem despite detentions

Paige Speedling, Distribution Reporter

February 28, 2019

Attendance had been an issue four years ago. Slowly, unexcused absences have been diminishing, while excused absences have been increasing. In the 2015 to 2016 school year, Stillwater had one of the worst chronic absenteeism rates in the state. Even now chronic absenteeism rates are down, but still present. Attendance...

Staff Editorial: Open campus for lunch will cause problems

Staff Editorial: Open campus for lunch will cause problems

Pony Express Staff,

January 14, 2017

  Stillwater Area High School is one of the few schools in the metro that does not have an open campus at lunch, meaning students must stay in the building and cannot leave to eat nearby. Students have been frustrated about this for a while, but there are good reasons for the closed cam...

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Attendance policy reinforced to improve attendance

Kayla Gjerde, Social Media Reporter

October 13, 2016

This year the administration has made a more strict attendance policy. Students receive an orange warning slip if they are tardy once, and after two tardies they receive 30 minutes of detention after school. Stillwater had the third most absences in Minnesota last year, which is the main reason for...

New attendance policy will not fix current issues

New attendance policy will not fix current issues

Tristan Hatchell, Video Editor

October 12, 2016

Most people, if not all, would agree that being late to any important event should carry punishment. If you don't arrive on time to your job interview, then expect to not get the job, and the school administration certainly agrees after seeing the changes to the attendance and tardy policy. Contrary to t...

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