Policy require doors to open at 6:30 a.m. Admin discourages arriving early

As students are dropped off, they enter campus through the doors by the west parking lot. Students who arrived earlier than 6:30 a.m. had to wait outside the doors until it was opened. “We really discourage anybody getting here before 6:30 a.m. because students are not supposed to be on campus until the doors open,” Dean James Campbell said. Photo Credit: Cassie Valdez

Because staff supervision responsibilities do not officially start until 6:30 a.m., the main doors near the student parking lot and the cafeteria will no longer be opened before the campus can be properly monitored.

“We have employees here, but they’re not actively supervising students,” Dean James Campbell said. “We’re trying to make sure that we have supervision so everybody will be safe.”

Although this rule has been a part of school policy for the past few years, the security staff assumed the doors were to be unlocked even if they arrived before 6:30 a.m.

“I was under the assumption that they were already implementing these rules because when I arrive at 6:30 a.m. the doors were already open,” Campbell said. “I didn’t know that they were being open prior to that, but I talked to our security staff and now they are aware.”

If students have made an arrangement with a teacher to meet prior to 6:30 a.m., then the teacher will be responsible for supervising them and letting them onto campus.

“Sometimes I have to come in early to talk to my teachers or make-up a tests and quizzes, but having this rule, makes the process more complicated,” senior Alexandra Sunga said. “If a teacher forgets to let me in, I would have to wait outside since I don’t have the ability to just text them to open the door when I arrive.”

Students who regularly arrive before 6:30 a.m. will need to readjust their schedule to accommodate the rule.

“My only means of transportation to the school is at 5:20 a.m.,” junior Dylan Edejer. “I’m here before most teachers. Delaying the doors by 30 minutes, leaves me and a handful of students to wait a larger amount of time just to get inside.”

If a school bus route is scheduled to arrive before 6:30 a.m., the bus driver is required to reschedule their bus stops so that they arrive when the doors are allowed to open. Students who rely on school breakfast will have the same amount of time as lunch to eat.

“Honestly, I’m fine with it for the most part,” senior Jack Rourke said. “I still think they should let students in just a little earlier in case they need to get anything important done before the start of the school day.”

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