TARDIES: Students arriving after 8:45 a.m. are tardy and must report to the office to obtain a tardy pass before going to class. All tardies are considered to be unexcused and are recorded electronically. For truancy purposes, five tardies to school equal one unexcused absence. However, this is for referral purposes, and the electronic record is not to be altered. Tardies remain recorded as tardies in the electronic record. Two of the values that all children need to develop in order to become responsible adults are promptness and responsibility. Our expectation of all Whispering Oak students is that each student will demonstrate responsibility and arrive at school on time every day. Our teachers begin promptly at 8:45 a.m. Entering a classroom after this time disrupts the learning process.