During the Parents Back to School Day lunch session, we mentioned the policy for our After School Academic Program (ASAP). To follow up from those remarks, we offer reminders and clarifications.
We take attendance of those students who show at 3:40 p.m. with no advance registration, and we bill cumulative monthly attendance per boy at the end of the month. This has been our policy for years.
Our challenge for oversight is, first, we are responsible for boys after school who remain on campus. That's challenge enough. That said, boys are telling their parents that they are going to ASAP to complete homework after school when in reality some boys are leaving campus by foot in order to walk across Ridgeway Road to eat/fraternize/possibly complete homework.
Most of these boys walk back to on campus in advance of 5:30 p.m. football practice/parent pick-up having eaten and being satisfied. Reports are that some choose to run across the street and make it back in time for the 3:40 p.m. ASAP bell.
The alleged student who allegedly does this is a potential school liability in that he is leaving campus and returning on foot when we are responsible for him. Cars fly down Ridgeway Road operated by drivers who text and/or who operate heavy machinery at 55 mph while on pain/psychotropic meds. It's crazy out there even though there is a traffic light and functioning cross-walk. It's not Mayberry out there, in other words.
Bottom line: tell your son your expectations, and he should obey you. We tell him ours, "be off campus or seated in ASAP by 3:40 p.m." We are not traffic cops of either afterschool whereabouts or of off-campus activities other than the clarity of the "be off-campus or seated in ASAP at 3:40" policy. Boys risk a lot who choose to disobey the school's clear, fair, and reasonable rules.