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Yearly increased enrollment causing overcrowding at Parkdale

This school year Parkdale feels like it’s been way more packed than usual. The lunches and the hallway that connects with the annex breezeway and the main building show how crowded it is. 

Roughly about 2,353 students attend Parkdale High School and about 800 are freshmen, but it feels like it has surpassed that number. Even with the new temporary classrooms being put together to help the situation inside, it still feels like a pack of sardines. 

The busiest hallway is where the 260 hallway meets the annex breezeway and all that hallway down. Teachers, especially floaters and students suffer the most. The main teachers who witness the traffic are the Art teachers Mr.Chinkota and Ms.Jarvis-Garay.

“It impacts everybody because we have more people. It’s going to take longer for people to go to class,” said art teacher, Mr.Chinkota. 

It’s not just affecting teacher’s it’s also affecting students as well. Having locker’s can also cause a traffic jam people needing to stop and get stuff from their locker or waiting till someone is out of their way so that they could go and get what they need for the next class. 

“I have Spanish class in room 261 and Art 2 in room 266. That hallway always seems crowded where it’s a struggle to get past everyone,” Said Senior, Magalis Cruz. 

Crowded hallways are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the overcrowding in Parkdale.  Each teacher is supposed to have a maximum of thirty-five students per class, but they are some teachers who have forty or more students in a class. this can make teachers having a lack of textbooks or other supplies for the class. 

According to Greatschools.org, an ideal classroom Should be divided by the number of students and teachers,  but it’s been proven that having a class size of 20 students is better to help the student focus more add to also have one on one time with the teacher to help them. 

Even when there’s overcrowding there are some teachers who don’t face as much as overcrowding in their classroom where they have to have the need to share supplies within students. Perhaps the solution to stopping the overcrowding in the hallways is having more security. 

“ Mr.Waston is starting to be there and that helps a lot. The problem is usually when he’s not there.” Said Art teacher, Mr.Jarvis-Garay. 

It’s not doubted that Parkdale is overcrowded and that it affects classes just as much as hallways. This is an issue that is trying to be resolved with having new temporary buildings and trying to rearrange classrooms to help the future in Parkdale.