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CVHS looks to new tardy policy as school year begins
The new school year starts today and Central Valley High School students can expect different treatment if they are late to class. A new tardy policy and new administrative staff are among the changes in store as summer vacation ends and classes begin.

Students picked up class schedules, textbooks, information packets, picked up P.E. clothes, purchased yearbooks and ASB cards and had their portraits taken for the yearbook Thursday at the "Soaring to new Heights" registration and orientation.

The old tardy policy called for an in-school suspension for double-digit numbers of tardies to class. However, now if a student is late to a class, they must spend an hour in after school detention and be tutored.

"It supports their instruction," said Principal Amy Peterman. The old policy "negatively impacted academics," she added, since students were removed from classroom environment.

"Teachers here feel strongly about students remaining in class as much as possible."

The new tardy policy is similar to one already in place at Ceres High School, she said.

Peterman said the school will continue to focus on "student learning for all of our kids. We strive for the best possible instruction in the classroom."

New staff assignments at CVHS include reassigning Nicole Chapman as associate principal, Edith Rodriguez as assistant principal, Kristen Cole as lead learning director and two new learning directors in Jared Hungerford and Jennifer Duarte. Six new teachers have joined the staff, one of which is a new art teacher for the expanded art program. Peterman said there's been a great demand for art classes in the past with waiting lists because there wasn't enough classes.

During this year's instruction, slight annoyances may come from the construction of a new 16-classroom wing being built at the campus' northwest fringe. The classes won't be ready until the 2012-13 school year, said Peterman.

"It will have an impact. The staff and everybody is great about embracing that as a good and positive change."

Once available, the classrooms will give the school breathing room since some teachers are presently doubling up. The wing is actually built with future growth in mind.

Peterman said her school still has about 1,700 students, roughly the same as last year.