In an attempt to control and keep track of students, a new library pass system was enacted over the past few weeks; however, this new method simply burdens study hall monitors and students alike.
Five students from each study hall are allowed to go to the library. The new system requires each of these five students to have their own pass, signed by the study hall monitor. In some cases, three study hall classes are assigned to one teacher in a given block, forcing the monitor to write out 15 individual library passes.
Because of the unnecessary time taken to write out a pass for every student, the line to a study hall monitor’s desk is often out the door of the classroom. Students are stuck waiting in line for 10 minutes for a pass, while monitors waste just as much time writing them out.
Once students arrive at the library, they place their passes in a designated basket. This method might control the amount of students who get to the library, but it does nothing to stop them from leaving and wandering the halls. Just because a student places a slip of paper in the basket does not necessarily mean he or she is accounted for.
Requiring each student to have his or her own pass is contradictory to our “green” school values because at least 15 slips of paper are wasted every study hall.
The new system is also a nuisance for seniors who come to school late when their study hall falls during first block. Each senior checks in and gets a pass at the main office when they arrive at school, but if they wish to spend the rest of their study hall in the library, they must find their monitor and get another pass first. There is no difference between placing an office pass and a study hall pass in the basket, so both should be accepted in the library.
Under the old system, study hall monitors recorded who left the classroom and where they went, so aside from a massive increase in wasted time, not much has changed.
Allowing five students per pass would clear up classrooms quicker while still ensuring that everyone in the library is accounted for. Laminating and reusing library passes every block would improve the system as well, decreasing paper waste.
Krause said the new system is going well but recognizes that it creates more work for the study hall monitors.
“Ms. Hunt and I will meet and discuss how things are going at the end of the year,” she said. “We’re here to please, but we still need accountability.”