The 7-hour day change was passed for the expected purpose of allowing students to earn more credits and graduate on time.
“I hope students will be passing more classes and earning more credits,” said head principal Jaime Gundrum. “I hope that in the next couple years we’ll have more students eligible for doing programming offsite like CTE or early college courses.”
Some teachers don’t really have a problem with the change.
“I don’t mind it. I’ve always considered myself who can roll with just about anything,” said social studies Ben Billings.
While some staff like the change or don’t have a strong opinion on it, others still are opponents of it.
“I don’t like it because class sizes are huge, [there’s] not enough time for instruction, and [there’s] more homework for students,” said math teacher Moua Yang.
“I think it’s exhausting for the staff and the kids. Everyone looks like they’re exhausted by the end of the day, especially with the classes being overloaded,” said former drama teacher Candace Filonczuk.
The seven-hour change makes it hard for Advanced Placement (AP) students to be prepared for the AP exam in May.
“I feel like it shortens their ability to learn all the material before the test, coupled with mother nature and the snow days,” said science teacher Klaudia Burton. “It’s just, it takes a lot of time out of the day. I can’t even do a full lab [in AP Environmental Science] in an hour.”
Students in AP classes agree with Burton.
“Now, [AP students] really have to manage their time because they have to work on the extra class they have, plus having less time to do all their AP work,” said senior Siham Hassan.
Many students feel the change isn’t going to have a positive effect.
“I think people who are failing their classes are going to fail 7 classes now instead of 6,” said senior Hailey Knapp.
Hassan’s noticed that students have been skipping their classes more this year because of the additional hour.
“People are pretty much taking it for granted because they’re just skipping more and slacking in their classes,” said Hassan. “It especially gives seniors the mindset that they can skip their classes that they don’t need, since most of them already have most their credits.”
Senior Kenidee Trafford thinks having seven hours could work if it was managed differently.
“I feel like if we’re going to have an extra hour, it should be a study period,” said Trafford.
As for the “collaboration period” added to the staff’s daily routine, Burton thinks it could use some work.
“[It’s] effective in a sense that it gives you a break in the day so you’re not instructing back-to-back. But it’s not effective in the tasks we’re supposed to complete,” said Burton.
The change isn’t a permanent thing; it can be reversed back for the through teachers voting on it.
“Teachers will have the opportunity to vote whether or not to continue having a 7-hour day,” said Gundrum.
As the voting is happening this week, teachers need to think what’s best for everyone.