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The 'late' Woodrow Wilson

Maybe it's a matter of adjusting to the temporary quarters at the University of the District of Columbia, but students at Woodrow Wilson High are having difficulty getting to school on time. In September, 670 of its 1,500 students (45 percent!) were late at least once; 358 (more than one in five) were tardy twice and 215 (one in seven) missed the opening bell three times, according to principal Pete Cahall.

"This is unacceptable," Cahall said in his weekly message to parents and students, a copy of which was shared with The Washington Post. "Students need to be to school on time as it is a major disruption to our learning environment. Our school day begins at 8:45 sharp."

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By Bill Turque  | October 4, 2010; 7:13 AM ET
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I also heard that about 100 kids are late every day.

Posted by: trace1 | October 4, 2010 8:52 AM | Report abuse

Late for an 8:45AM start? Why, that's an hour later than at high schools in many jurisdictions. Which could illustrate that more than sensitivity to circadian rhythms of the teen brain is requried to lead a school. Could it be that the principal has made school attendance a yet more dreadful experience than it was before?

But, how about, Bill, reporting the comparable stats for all other DCPS high schools. Those figures should be on Deputy Mayor Reinoso's "data dashboard", just like the weatherunderground data on mine.

Posted by: incredulous | October 4, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure about the exact percentages, but having taught at Wilson prior to the school's temporary move, I can attest that early-in-the-school day tardiness is neither an aberration nor a suddenly-appearing problem. To be fair, though, I saw the same pattern at other DCPS high schools at which I taught.

Posted by: anono | October 4, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

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