photo courtesy of erin stokes

photo courtesy of erin stokes


Elise Christensen, Staff Writer

    NCs (No Credits) are a huge issue for many high school students. At Lone Peak, an NC (no credit) is given after being tardy or absent four times to any given class. It's common to see students talking in the hall even as the music stops; many students simply don't care about getting to class on time, quickly leading to a pile of NCs.

    NCs are more common during 3rd and 4th term when students are more concerned about their summer plans than waking up on time to get to school. NCs can also be a problem for students who have jobs or family problems. It’s not that a job or a family problem increases the number of NCs someone has, it’s just that trying to make them up can take them away from serious family matters or clashes with their work schedules. Although attendance school happens all term long, it can be difficult to get around to fixing them. One warning: if you wait to get it done, attendance school is no longer free. Three weeks before the term ends, attendance school costs $5 per session, and you have to bring your receipt before you can attend.

    If you’d like to fix those NCs soon, here’s the attendance school schedule. On Monday and Tuesday mornings, it’s held from 6:30 am to 7:30 am in room 610. It’s at the same time on Wednesday and Thursday mornings but in room 614. Waking up early isn’t really your thing? Not to worry, attendance school is also held after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30. Room 701 hosts Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday’s is in room 226, and Thursday’s is in room 230. There are also school-sponsored activities that count for attendance school.

    Of course, the easiest way to get rid of NCs is to not have them in the first place. If your problem with them is from sleeping in, try a different alarm, set multiple alarms, or put your alarm clock or phone all the way across the room. Get stuck in traffic? Figure out a way to leave just a couple of minutes earlier, whether it’s gathering your stuff the night before or catching a ride with a friend. If the problem is getting to the middle-of-the-day classes on time, keep your ears open for the bells; consider heading directly to class instead of stopping at the vending machines or chatting with your friends.

    Hopefully these tips help you fix and avoid those dreaded NCs!