After Spring Break, Grafton High School introduced a new hallway policy consisting of color-coded hallway passes, one for each hallway. There are four passes in all; one to the girls bathroom, one to the guys bathroom, one to the clinic, and one for anywhere else in the building.
In addition to the new passes, students are required to sign out before leaving the classroom and sign in when returning. Previous to this, the school did not have an uniform policy around the school.
“What’s nice about the policy is that it’s consistent and easy to follow,” French teacher Madame Carter said.
Carter has always had some sort of bathroom/hallway policy, so transitioning to this new policy has not been difficult for her.
In the past, Carter has found it difficult to enforce a bathroom policy due to other teachers around the school not having the same one. According to Assistant Principal Dr. Martin, this is one of the multitude of reasons that the school decided to put this policy in place.
“The ultimate goal of this new policy is to balance student’s safety and happiness,” Martin said.
According to multiple teachers, there is a group of students that are often found wandering the hallways.
“As a teacher, it makes me more comfortable asking kids where they are going and where they are from,” Chemistry teacher Mrs. Wyatt said about the new system.
Wyatt said that for students who usually follow the rules, though, not much has changed.
“It’s a bigger change for those who bend the rule,” Wyatt said.
Many students, however, do not share the majority of the teachers’ and administrators’ opinions.
“Why punish everyone instead of the few students who continuously wander the hall?” junior Madeline Ruffieux asked.
Many students said they feel as if the new policy is immature and ineffective.
“It makes me feel like a kindergartener,” junior Alexa Daley said.
Martin said the trend in students opposing new policy is not new.
“Every time a perceived freedom is decreased, students always push back and grow frustrated,” Martin said.
Despite this push back, many teachers such as Carter have already seen a decrease in those students who frequently wander the halls, who she calls “frequent flyers” as a result of the policy. Martin also agrees the policy has begun to work.
“The new policy has already shown its effectiveness, there are a decrease of students in the hallway, and it is easier to locate students throughout the day,” Martin said.
Despite student’s protest of the new policy, it will stay in place.
At the time of the interview, Martin was concerned about the amount of students leaving the lunch. However, so far there has be no issues concerning this topic and there is no plans to implement a new policy for lunch time.