New rule to decrease student tardiness

EL CENTRO, Calif. – Some schools in the Imperial Valley are back in session. In order to curb tardiness and other non-productive behavior Central Union High School District (CUHS) is implementing some new rules.

“Some of my friends don’t agree with it and I don’t think they understand the reason behind it,” said Mia Cajigas, senior at CUHS.

The new policy will not allow students to bring drinks in Styrofoam cups or other non-transparent containers. They are encouraged to bring their own drinking bottles which can be refilled at the new chiller water fountain.

“Students are arriving a little bit late and they always have the Styrofoam cups or Starbucks or some of the others,” said Principal Craig Lyon, “So we’re kind of addressing that to work with the students to get here on time and be prepared for school.”

Long lines make students late for class when they buy their tea in the morning. On top of that, officials are concerned because they can’t see what’s inside the cup.

“There are some students who make poor choices in regards to what they put in the drinks – the Styrofoam drinks – but that’s on a very limited basis,” said Lyon.

He adds that parents support the fact that with this, students are learning the life skill of punctuality and the importance of healthy choices.

“Southwest High School has actually been using that policy for the last three years. They started in 2012. It’s been working very well,” said Lyon.

Parents and students have been notified that the policy goes into effect next week.

“It probably won’t affect me very much considering I was never one to go every morning and daily get a tea,” said Reyna Garcia, student at CUHS.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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