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Students say tardy policy at local district left them on the street

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NORMANDY (KMOV.com) -

Two Normandy High School seniors said they were not allowed into the building because of a new tardy policy even though they were only a few minutes late.

Precious Bobo and Dyana Powell said they arrived five minutes late to school because of bad traffic, arriving at 8:05 a.m. instead of 8:00 a.m.

“I arrived at 8:05 a.m. exactly, they told me I couldn’t enter because I didn’t have a parent with me, I tried to explain the reason I was late, they didn’t want to hear it,” said Dyana Powell.

“If we gave a reason they should be understanding, like we’re human, we can’t control everything,” Precious Bobo.

Normandy recently enacted a new policy to crackdown of tardiness because the district said an average of 30-40 students were showing up late every day. Under the new rule, anyone after 8:00 a.m. has to sit in the office until a parent came to sign them in, but nobody is supposed to be turned away.

Both students said their parents were at work and could not come to school, so the school would not allow them inside. Both also say the incident will them academically.

Normandy High’s principal said he is looking into the matter.

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