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Morning hall sweeps hurt innocently late students

Every student has their own means of transportation to get to school. Some walk, some ride the bus, some drive, and some get dropped off by their parents. It’s on the students and parents to make sure that the students get to school on time. But what if you can’t make it on time?

Normally when buses are late, an announcement is made and the students who were on that bus get passes to class.

But that doesn’t pertain to the students who walk, drive, or get a ride to school. What if those students who walk have a reason to be late? What if something came up and the student had to take a different route to school, causing them to be late? Would it be fair to the people who just walk in the building heading to class and just get mistaken from a student that is wandering the halls or skipping?

There are a number of reasons why students could be late to school and thus, first period, including:

  • Car accidents that block some roads off
  • Traffic
  • Detours
  • Construction Zones
  • Weather Conditions  

Sometimes, life happens and maybe their alarm didn’t go off in time or they slept through it.

Students in the hallway during first period hall sweeps automatically get detention and have to spend time after school for something they couldn’t have avoided.

Consequences for not showing up to the hour-long after school detention include an out of school suspension.

“It’s not fair because sometimes buses get to school like at 7:50,” said junior Steven Rios. “It’s dumb that they do it in the morning knowing people are going to be late.”

Hall sweeps are very useful during the day to clear the hallways, and they also helps people who are usually late to class get accustomed to coming to class on time.

However, most students in the hallways after the bell rings for first period are there not because they are skipping, but because they have just walked into the building.

The need for hall sweeps increased recently due to the amount of people in the hallways after the bell rings when class starts and crimes occurring in the community to ensure student safety.