As of the 2019-2020 school year, Serra has adopted a new loss-of-privileges (LOP) list policy.
The LOP list is used to penalize students who are frequently absent or tardy. Students who end up on the loss-of-privileges list are unable to participate in extracurricular activities such as dances, non-academic school events, and sports.
It takes 5 infractions of any combination in a class to be placed on the LOP list. Infractions include unexcused absences, tardies, truancies, or a full day of unexcused absence.
Mr. Bleecker said he wasn’t aware of the changes on the LOP list and preferred the old list, with 3 infractions putting one on it.
Being placed on the LOP list will end up affecting students’ citizenship grades for your classes and seniors must clear all absences/tardies in order to walk during graduation or to participate in senior activities.
Ending up on the LOP list means you will have to attend 1 Saturday school for every 5 infractions you have made. Students who are placed in the LOP list stay there for the rest of the year until they attend enough Saturday schools to make up their infractions.
Students must go to the attendance office to sign up for a Saturday school session and each session is from 8 am to 12 pm. Junior Alana Roker stated, “It’s cool because we get more freedom if you are absent or tardy, meaning less people will end up on LOP.”
Certain teachers even bring in food for students attending the sessions. If an attendee is found outside of school grounds during Saturday school hours, they will not receive the credit towards getting off the LOP list. Instructors do not admit students who are late, so students must show up on time if they plan to attend.