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Tardy Policy & TAP

Please see Policies and Procedures for the Tardy Policy.
Tardy and Attendance Program -- TAP

Chatsworth Charter High School (CCHS) believes that success in school is dependent upon punctual and regular attendance of all students since there is a direct correlation to student performance and the learning environment. Recognizing that classroom attendance cannot be substituted we adhere to the following attendance policy as developed by the Chatsworth Charter Leadership Council.


Absent: Any student who accumulates 3 absences in one semester will be placed on TAP and excluded from all activities as defined on page two. All absences will count toward the TAP no matter the reason. **Students who feel they have extenuating circumstances, such as a serious illness or injury, should contact the administrator in charge of attendance upon their return to school as those absences may be considered as not counting towards TAP exclusions.**


Tardy: A student who is not at his or her workstation when the tardy bell rings ready to work.

  • During period 1, teachers are to accept students who are tardy and mark the correct code in the district attendance computer program (period 1 tardies do not count toward the TAP program). Students are not to be sent to the tardy room during period 1. If a student comes to school after 8:15 AM then they must check in to the attendance office for a truancy clearance.
  • At the beginning of class during periods 2-6 and advisory, teachers will close their classroom doors after the tardy bell rings and students should not be allowed in the classroom without a tardy pass, unless otherwise announced.
  • Tardy passes are only issued up to 30 minutes after the class period after which time the teacher will mark the student tardy with a number 3 for truant.

Detention Assignments

Students are assigned detention on every 3rd tardy. Any student with one detention assigned to them is automatically placed on TAP. The following list describes how additional detentions are assigned:

  • Students who do not have an identification card when they are tardy will be assigned one detention.
  • Students who are late to the class immediately following lunch will be issued one detention.
  • Students who are more than 30 minutes late to class will be assigned 3 detentions.
  • If a student is tardy twice in the same day, the student will be assigned 5 detentions.
  • Students may also be assigned detentions dependent on the reason as determined by the Dean’s Office or Administrators.


Students with excessive detentions or who do not serve detentions will not be issued tardy passes and will be referred to the appropriate office for parent notification. All detentions are carried forward through a student’s senior year until they are served.

Consequences of TAP

If the student is placed on TAP then the student will have their privileges suspended for the time that they are on TAP and will not be permitted to participate in the following activities until they are removed from TAP:

  • All school dances (Homecoming, Winter Formal, Sadie Hawkins and Prom)
  • Senior Activities (senior breakfast, talent show, pre-prom fashion show prom, grad night, and graduation ceremony)
  • Participation in all extra-curricular activities including but limited to Academic Decathlon, Athletics, Band & Drill Team, Cheer, Drama Productions, Leadership and Link Crew, Music Performances, and any activity sponsored by CCHS that takes place outside the normal school day of 7:45 am - 2:32 pm.


Removal from TAP:

  • Have zero detentions – Detentions may be removed by participating in the following activities: attending lunch or after school tutoring, attending school beautification, and other items as pre-approved by the tardy room, Deans, Counselors, Athletic Director, or Administrators (pre-approval forms can be obtained in the tardy room).
  • Be present to school for three (3) consecutive weeks without ANY absences. Every additional absence after the three (3) weeks of perfect attendance during that semester will result in the student being placed on TAP again. To be removed from the TAP list the student is responsible to receive a notice from the administrator in charge of attendance.