Although many of Love's 1,100 students arrived at school each day, few of them actually attended class. This meant teens were roaming the halls, causing trouble and disrupting those who really were there to learn.
After realizing how bad the attendance problem really was, Love decided to suspend the school's worst offenders. She sent out a suspension letter to over 500 students and held a mass meeting with parents to explain her administrative thought process.
Love told Penn Live that the errant students posed a significant problem to they way she planned to run the school.
"If you're not in class, all you're here to do then is to wreak havoc upon the school and disrupt the work that we are trying to do here. And that's to focus on student achievement."
While speaking with the parents, she encouraged them to bring proper paperwork to excuse their children's absences for the past and in the future. If proper notices weren't supplied, Love planned on issuing more suspensions.
Love's tough words were extremely effective and soon paperwork was flooding into the front office with absentee excuses.
Despite some now-excused absences, Love told Penn Live that a good portion of the parents had no idea that their kids were missing class.
"The problem I've noticed here as principal is that students are coming to school but they are not going to classes when they get here.
Many parents send their kids to school and they're thinking they're going to class. I needed to reach out because of the enormous number not going to class."
As of today, over 100 students have served their one-day suspensions - and Love's staff expects many more once filing all of the parents' paperwork comes to an end.
While speaking with Penn Live, Love explained that suspending nearly half of her student body wasn't an easy choice.
"This was a hard decision for me to make, but I had to get the attention of the community to let them know that we are here.
And we're about to do some wonderful things for students and the community and we want this to be a school that everyone is proud of. And this was probably the eye opener we needed to make that happen."
Hopefully her tough stance on attendance makes things clear to the students at Harrisburg High School and the problems stop right away!
Listen to Principal Love address the student about about their attendance here.
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