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What are Tardy Slips and why are they important for school security?

by Paul Kazlauskas

As students return to school, so will the need to control their tardiness.

After more than a year of uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel with the adoption of vaccines. Many aspects of life are starting to look like they did pre-pandemic. One of those “back to normal” activities are kids being back to in-person school full-time when the 2021-2022 school year begins.

Just like in pre-pandemic days, some students will arrive to school late and that should be documented. Most school districts have policies that outline how many times a student is allowed to arrive late unexcused. And that is for good reason.

Tardiness is something that should be monitored by schools. Not only do students lose valuable educational instruction when they arrive late, but they disrupt the educational environment for others who are already in class. Excessive student tardiness has a negative impact upon a student's future. Some of the implications are academic failure, high school drop-outs, emotional dependency, drug dependency, fighting, and bullying. Tardiness is a key factor in determining if a student will become at risk for these consequences.

THRESHOLD makes Tardy Slips that help schools track late arrivals quickly and easily. Here is some background on this special sign-in product and answers to the most frequently asked questions about it.



How do Tardy Slips work?
Tardy Slips are two-part carbonless forms that perform two jobs in one step. The white first part is perforated, so a pass can be torn out to admit students, while the yellow second part provides an automatic duplicate record. The student has a physical pass to get into class or to show a hall monitor. The duplicate log gives the school a permanent record of all tardy students, by date, and for what reason.

Are Tardy Slips confidential?
Tardy Slips are not confidential like our books of self-adhesive visitor badges, whose label liner covers the duplicate sheet (for office use). With Tardy Slips, the entire slip tears out and is given to the student, so there isn’t a liner to cover the duplicate record. Fortunately, there isn’t much of a need for confidentiality because the Tardy Slip should be filled out by office personnel and handed to the student, with the book staying out of public view.

How customizable are Tardy Slips?
Tardy Slips can be printed with your school name and/or school mascot in black ink for no additional charge. If you would like any text and/or a mascot in color, it will cost $12 extra per book. In addition, the title of the slip doesn’t have to say “Tardy Slip”. It may say “Admit Slip”, “Hall Pass”, or any title that fits your school security protocol (in black ink for no additional cost). See all that is possible when you customize your Tardy Slip.

What makes a Tardy Slip "stock"?
“Stock” is a budget-friendly edition of our Tardy Slip. The difference is it's not custom printed. We don't have to specially print your name/mascot on it, so we don't charge as much.

How many sign-in entries per book?
There are 400 slips per 8 1/2” x 11” wirebound book (8 slips per page, 50 pages per book).

What is the exact size of a Tardy Slip?
The Tardy Slips measure 3 3/4" x 2 3/4".

How much does a Tardy Slip Book cost?
The price is $32 per book with a school name imprint and/or mascot printed in black ink (considered “custom”) and $24 per book without a school name imprint and mascot (considered “stock”). There is a minimum two-book purchase required.

Contact us to learn more about our Tardy Slips and get free samples


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Posted on 6/7/2021


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