New hall passes for leaving the classroom were introduced this year.
As the policy has always been there, this year is different because of the laminated orange piece of paper that serves as a pass and is shared between students. Some complain about how sanitary it is and what its use implies.
“Personally, I think they’re stupid, and like the teachers will tie them with yarn, and then the yarn gets gross, cause I wash my hands and my hands aren’t always dry, and they’re too big. Like girl… there’s no reason they should be that big. We are just going to the bathroom,” junior Lauryn Riefle said.
“I mean I don’t understand why we have to carry this pass to the bathroom. They are obnoxiously large and probably unsanitary,” senior Matthew Salmon said.
As far as why students are required to carry around these passes, it is because wandering students is a security concern.
¨We want to make sure people are where they’re supposed to be,¨ assistant principal Madeline Craig said.
In the halls, students are sometimes asked by hall monitors where they’re going, even with the pass in hand.
“Having hall monitors is really annoying because if I’m carrying a large bright pink pass, and they still come up to me and ask where I’m going, that to me seems then ‘What’s the point of having the pass?’” senior Kaz Bergmann said.
According to Craig, the size of these passes is so that when students are walking in the halls, they won’t be stopped by teachers.
“I think they’re stupid, because I don’t want to carry around a giant paper when I have to use the bathroom,” junior Kyzer Strawbridge said.
This will be Dakota Motley’s first year on ECHO staff. They also made several contributions while taking journalism class their junior year.
This will be Soledad Lee’s first year on ECHO Staff. She also made several contributions while taking journalism class her sophomore year.