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On Time Or Off The Team: West Po Athletics Adopts A New Attendance Policy

Phoebe Schultz
A tardy sweep table located in the hallway of the down stairs New Building.

This school year, West Po Athletics has cracked down on attendance policies, enforcing strict consequences for student-athletes who obtain many class cuts and/or unexcused tardies.

In order to participate in an athletic activity, students must be in school all day. If there is a documented absence, such as a doctor’s appointment, students must present a Doctor’s note or have permission from the Activities Office in order to participate on that day.

“I think that this attendance policy is a bit harsh because people have different situations that could affect their attendance, which might not be taken into account,” Logan Jackson, senior soccer player, said.

According to Clark Brown, freshman football player, if players have 15 tardies, they’ll have to miss some games. “I think it’s [the policy] a little over the top. The school is really big and being a freshman, it can be hard to navigate. I also do understand the importance of being on time if you’re going to play a West Po sport,” he said.

The policy “sets the tone for the team. The kids have to be responsible for themselves and one another. It brings the team together,” Eileen Bell, parent of a West Po athlete, said.

*ADSA: Assistant Director of Student Activities

*DSA: Director of Student Activities

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Phoebe Schultz, Editor-in-Chief
Phoebe Schultz is a senior editor and member of the West Potomac Dance Team. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends and trying new coffee places in the area. She’ll listen to any Fleetwood Mac, Taylor Swift, or Lorde song on repeat. She looks forward to journalism every Blue Day and writes for the newspaper because it keeps her involved in the school community. Phoebe shows her creative side in journalism through posting on the social media accounts (@thewpwire) and working on the layout for quarterly newspapers. It's her 4th and final year on The Wire, and she couldn't be more excited for all that the 2023-2024 school year has in store.

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