Alonso Student News
By Chloe Thrasher
There have been some changes this school year, like the new Tardy Stations. Once the door shuts, instead of knocking to be let into the locked classroom, now students must walk to the closest tardy station and get a pass before returning to their classroom. Students and administration have a lot to say about this new policy.
Ms. Green says, “I like it a lot. It helps students get to class on time. It’s effective. Students could use another minute for lockers or bathroom. Overall I think it’s a good system.” Ms. Green can see the effectiveness of the policy. Most staff agree that there are some good things and a few bad things to this new system, as all new systems do, but it does get kids to class on time.
Junior Miranda Dauber says, “I understand why they’re doing it because they want us to be safe after the shootings last year, but I think kids will get to class on time because the consequences are tougher this year.” Miranda addresses the shootings that occurred last year, including Stoneman Douglass, and agrees that the locked doors help keep students safer.
Ms. Bunoiello says, “I agree with the system and I think it’s great. It has decreased tardies a whole lot. It’s taking a lot of pressure off teachers to mark a lot of students tardy during a lesson.” Ms. Bunoiello references another part of the policy, where teachers no longer have to mark their students tardy. Instead, when the students get a pass from the tardy station, the AP uploads the tardy into the computer system, that way the teachers don’t have to worry about updating attendance every time a tardy student comes in.
Junior Robbie Sulzer says “I don’t like it, but it’s a good policy. I do notice a big difference in the halls before the bell rings, because there is no one in the halls before the bell rings. It does scare the kids because they don’t want to be embarrassed by getting locked out of their class rooms. All in all, it does make the students get to class on time.” Most students find it embarrassing to get locked out of their classrooms, and being seen looking for the tardy station, which does motivate students to get to class on time.
Junior Destiny McDaniel says “I feel as though the lockout policy is a bit too much. I personally don’t like it even though I always make it to class on time. I get that the lockout policy is to get us moving so we don’t lounge around in the hallways and block traffic, but if a student needs to stop for the bathroom or to go to their locker, they can’t, because with them doing the lockout policy along with the shorter passing periods, it makes it harder for us to get to class on time. On the other hand, if a kid is late to class by one or two minutes, it doesn’t disrupt the class, as if they came 10 or 15 minutes later because they had to get a pass from an AP. It’s just taking away from their time to learn and they have to play catch up on what they missed because of being one minute away from their class.” Once you’re locked out, you must walk to a station to get a pass, and sometimes, you’re missing more class time than if you just went straight to class without getting a pass.
Most teachers agree with this new system, because it helps them save time by not having to stop what they're doing to mark a student tardy. Some students like it, but they agree that it’s a little too much. Sometimes, students need to go to their lockers or use the bathroom before class, and the lockout policy just wastes more time. Even after all this, overall, teachers and students agree it’s a good system.