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April 15, 2014

Social Probation Means No Prom

by Ruth Chung

It is the beginning of the end! With warm weather comes the start of the official wrapping up of the school year. And with the official wrapping up, of course, comes thoughts about prom.

But more than the money, excitement and universal drama of dress-hunting, attending prom requires good attendance and suitable grades. Failure to keep up with the latter could lead to social probation, and social probation means you cannot attend prom.

Social probation happens after 4 tardies, 3 unexcused absences, 2 office referrals, 1 suspension, or failure in 4 or more classes. There is an official social probation report that is run every two weeks. Your name remains on the social probation report until the next official run. (For a suspension, social probation begins the day the student is suspended and continues through the end of the next full social probation period.) And to get off the list after the next official social probation run, you must have no tardies, absences or referrals during the two weeks you are on social probation. And here’s the kicker—if you happen to be on the list during prom, there is literally no hope of getting off of it.

With the end of the school year revving up, it is becoming increasingly difficult for students to stay motivated. With the possibility of not attending prom as a lingering threat, there is certainly suddenly much motivation to stay present, on time, and to keep those grades up. Prom is a school-run event, which means that the school has the right to take it away from those who are not performing up to par. The requirements are not that difficult: just stay present, on time, and work hard. In short: work hard, play hard.

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