New pass policy implemented

Rules remain unclear to some

Sophomore Taylor Ewald holds her pass on her way back to class after a trip to the water fountain.

Josh Mesick

Sophomore Taylor Ewald holds her pass on her way back to class after a trip to the water fountain.

Shoshi Leviton

Students can not leave classes as frequently as they once could, due to a policy change.

Earlier this semester, each teacher was given two new laminated passes. One for the bathroom and one for specific places in the school, according to  grade level coordinator (GLC) Greg Whittle.

Whittle said the goal of this change is to limit the amount of passes given out.

“There was an overflux of passes being used and some students may not have been doing what they are suppose to be doing,” Whittle said.

Now with the new policy students are not allowed in the halls without a laminated pass from their classroom.

I have seen a decrease in the number of kids in the hallways during class”

— Greg Whittle

Another change is if a student is late to school and isn’t called in, they don’t get an excused pass, according to GLC Joe Yaeger.

Some students don’t believe this change will make a difference, including junior Kamisha Coller.

“The new policy is unnecessary. People can still skip class,” Coller said. “There is no way that everyone in the hallways without a pass can be caught.”

However, Whittle said he believes this change is a step in the right direction and will help keep kids in class.

“I have seen a decrease in the number of kids in the hallways during class,” Whittle said. “The new policy doesn’t seem like a big issue, and it’s effective.”