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Pilot policies prove to be promising

By Adam Goldstein
Published: December 2009

As the first semester comes to an end, the attendance and hallway policies enacted at the beginning of the year reach the end of their pilot stage.

Principal Joel Stembridge reports that he is pleased with the policies thus far. 

“The policy on no eating in the hallways has been successful, he said. “No students are eating in the hallways.

Many students, however, remain frustrated with the hallway policy. Sophomore Allie Haber understands the reasons for implementing the hallway policy, but does not believe that such a strict policy is necessary.

“It was pretty gross last year, but completely banning food in the hallways was harsh, she said. “I believe there is a happy medium.

Stembridge claims that he is aware of how students feel regarding the policy and hopes to hear students’ ideas, reforming the policy where possible. 

“I never expected students to feel good about the ’Ëœno eating on the floor policy but it is just safety, he said. “I’m still very willing to hear from students about ways to improve the lunch time atmosphere and lunch time community.

A hallway subcommittee has been formed in the South Senate to discuss the policy with Stembridge.

The attendance policy, also known as the “N policy, has stirred some discontent among students as well. The policy states that if a student has a three unexcused absences or nine tardies for an A-Block class, that student receives an N, or a mark signifying that the student earns no credit for that class.

Assistant Principal Mary Scott believes “the reason for creating the policy was to reduce the number of seniors walking in with a late pass in one hand and a Dunkin Donuts coffee in the other. The policy has been effective in reducing that.

Cutler house secretary Janice Ingemi was pleased with the new policy because it “cut down on the amount of students straggling into the house offices throughout first block, which allowed the house assistants to concentrate on other areas of their jobs.

Stembridge also feels that the policy has been successful. “There were not a huge number of students who received N’s from first term first period classes.

The A-Block policy has significantly reduced the number of N’s received from first block classes for term one this year as opposed to term one in 2008. Last year, students received a total of 17 N’s during first term, but this year they only received seven–a 59 percent decrease.

Scott noted that “it is easier for teachers to take attendance on their computers now so students must have received the message that there would be stronger enforcement of being tardy.

Although Stembridge does not immediately plan to enact any new policies, he says that he hopes to listen to students and find out ways in which to better the school.

“I don’t foresee implementing anything to start second semester, but I am looking forward to conversations about improving the school for all students, he said.

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