(Memphis) Community members gathered outside of Frayser High School early Friday morning to give out pink sheets of paper advising on the Shelby County Schools attendance policy.
It’s the end of the second week of the school year and with a new early start time of 7 a.m. for high school students, some have found it hard to make it on time.
“We woke up late. It won’t happen again, we woke up late,” said one father as he pulled into the school parking lot a few minutes after 7 Friday morning.
“It’s going to come together, just got to get used to it, yes.”
Volunteers from the Frayser Neighborhood Council gathered to give out the forms, letting parents know how the school will begin cracking down on attendance and late arrivals next week.
“We are here to encourage the students to come on time, as well as encourage the parents to make sure they get them here on time,” said Regina Dowell.
The policy says consequences will begin when the student is issued a third tardy within nine weeks.
It also says parents with students with five or more unexcused absences and five or more unexcused late check-ins will be reported to Juvenile Court for possible prosecution.
Dowell hopes the message is clear.
“Parents are not quite used to that yet. That’s why we are here to support the school,” said Dowell.