Administration to replace 5-minute bell with traditional bell system

To make monitoring campus more efficient and to reduce the number of tardies, administration will implement a traditional bell system to replace the current 5-minute bell. After submitting a work order, an employee from the Clark County School District will reprogram the automate bell system in the upcoming weeks.

“What the administrative team has noticed as we’ve walked the campus is that when the 5-minute warning bell rings, many students start to pack up and get ready to go,” Dean Sherrae Nelson said. “We feel like those last 5 minutes can be used in a more instructional way to wrap up the class. Sometimes the teachers are attempting to do that, but students are still packing up because they heard the bell. We’re trying to remove that stimulus so teachers have a little bit more control of what’s happening at the very end of their class period.”

Instead of a 5-minute warning bell, the automated system will be comprised of a bell to commence the beginning of class, a final bell to dismiss students and a 1-minute warning bell during passing period.

“I’m not quite sure if I’ll like the new final bell to dismiss students, but I think the 1-minute warning idea is a great idea,” senior Christopher Dela Cruz said. “Sometimes I have to walk all the way across campus to get to my next class, and this warning bell will help me pace myself.”

In addition to assisting students pace their time during passing period, the warning bell will allow administrators to enforce the tardy policies.

“Sometimes with that 5-minute bell warning bell, students start to leave class even before that full 5 minutes is up,” Nelson said. “Either the teachers dismiss them a little early, or students take it upon themselves. Having an actual bell that signifies dismissal lets us know that all students should be out and moving because it’s passing period, and having the 1-minute warning is going to help us so we don’t have to keep track of our watches. We can just keep passing the kids along if they’re taking their time.”

In their most recent meeting, administration reached a consensus on the decision after administrators and various teachers raised the contemporary issue.

“I don’t support it because the 5-minute bell essentially works as an alarm, telling us that we have to pack up for our next class period,” senior Serena Torres said. “I feel like taking that away just causes me to be unorganized.”