Should Seniors be Allowed to Skip School? Essay

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Graduation from high school is a rite of passage that signals passing from adolescence into the adult world. Life does not end after high school, but signals the beginning of many years as a contributing member of society. Many times, as part of this celebration, seniors have a tendency to skip classes and school days. School administrators frequently recommend that school boards adopt strict attendance policies for high school seniors. These policies limit their absences in the last month of school in order to be eligible for participation in graduation ceremonies. This policy statement will support greater leniency for requirements to participate in graduation ceremonies. School board members support the policy of enforcing…show more content…
If policies are adopted that prevent graduation for students that have poor attendance in the last month, they should include exceptions for those that need to miss school for legitimate reasons.
Policies that prevent students from graduating for poor attendance in the last month of high school are shortsighted. They place the future of the student in jeopardy for the sake of one month of their life. When one considers the consequences, taking a holistic perspective, actions that promote the best outcome for the future are for the greater good of all. There is little that can be accomplished in the last month of school that will change the rest of their life, except for not being able to participate in graduation ceremonies. Not being able to attend graduation ceremonies will make the student look questionable to future colleges and employers, even if they receive the diploma in the mail. The focus of policies that require attendance for graduation are focused on the needs of the school and the graduation ceremony. They are not focused on the long0term outcome for the student.
This policy could also damage the reputation and credibility of the high school. One example of how this policy may do more harm than good is when one considers an honor student. This student has worked hard to achieve good
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