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Tardiness protocol making students even later, parents say

A protocol to crack down on tardiness at Barrington High School is making students later to class, according to students and parents. (WJAR)

A protocol to crack down on tardiness at Barrington High School is making students later to class, according to students and parents.

School administrators recently started locking the doors when school starts at 7:40 a.m., citing security reasons.

On Thursday morning, dozens of students were lined up outside the school, waiting to go into the main office to be marked late. In the past, students say they'd go to class first and then their teacher would send them to the office to get a tardy slip.

Student and parents said the new protocol is a lengthy process that's making them even later.

“I am concerned that a policy that's meant to reduce tardiness is actually making them more late to their classes,” said Erika Sevetson. whose daughter attends the school.

Students agree.

"So, now instead of being two minutes late to class, when you get here, you get in the building, with the doors unlocked, now you're 20 minutes late because you're standing in a line, in the cold,” said Luke Rudman, a senior at Barrington High School.

Superintendent Michael Messore said 149 students at Barrington High School had unexcused tardies on Thursday, which accounts for 13 percent of the student body.

Parents and students told NBC 10 News tardiness is a problem but said the way it’s being handled is not effective.

“I think finding out what other schools do, how they can expedite it, would be a great idea,” Sevetson said. “The other concern, of course, is there's only a few roads that go to the high school. Traffic has gotten very, very tough and I'm starting to hear about student drivers who are taking risks because they're trying not to get there late.”

Messore declined an on-camera interview, but said it's disruptive for students and teachers when students are late.

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