by Halle Goodman-Weinbaum
I stumble into my first period class. It’s 7:25a, and only two other people are in the classroom. The remaining 20 kids in my class aren’t late yet. They still have five minutes. By 7:28a, 10 more students have shown up. That leaves 10 students still unaccounted for. At this point, the teacher has walked in and is almost ready to begin the lesson. As the final bell rings, two kids drift in. Class begins, with several students still not in attendance. It is a cold, rainy day, and even I, a committed student, find it difficult to keep my eyes open. Late kids start trickling in at 10 minutes, 15 minutes, and 20 minutes into the period.