School offers wake-up call to chronically tardy students

FALL RIVER, MA (WIS) - This morning some high school students in Fall River, MA woke up to a phone call from their school.

B.M.C. Durfee High School has started an automated service for students who are chronically tardy and absent.

Students receive a wake-up call at 6:15 a.m. so they can get to school on time.

The school's principal claims this will help prepare students for the real world.

"If they end up going to a job and they're late to a job and they're not showing or they're not communicating; they won't be long in that job," said Principal Paul Marshall.

But some parents said the school is overstepping its duties.

Students are considered to be a chronic offender if they are absent or tardy five or more times during a 45-day term.

The principal said about 6 percent of the schools 2,200 students fit into that category.

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