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Staff, students divided on color-coded zones

Sophie Bates, Editor-in-chief

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The zone policy instituted this year has sparked mixed reactions from students and teachers.

Physics teacher Peter Sykes notes that the policy encourages students to do what is expected of them and gains a level of trust.

“I trust when somebody grabs the pass to go to the bathroom they’ll come back quickly because the colored clipboard restricts where they are able to go,” Sykes said.

While teachers have responded positively to the discipline factor of the clipboards, some have noted flaws in the policy.

Advanced Placement United States History teacher Julie Marx approves of the hallway discipline, but doesn’t enjoy the disruptions in her planning period.

“The halls seem somewhat better. It’s just frustrating that I have my planning period broken up one day and the possibility of a duty the next day,” Marx said.

Students have sparked interest in a multitude of defects the policy brings.

Freshman Nick Lange respects the policy’s purpose, but notes that the concept of zones limits student access to better facilities.

“I don’t think they are necessary. I understand it combats wandering, but I mean it’s stopping mefrom getting water so I don’t think it always does its intended purpose,” Lange said.

Another debate among students is the cleanliness factor of the clipboards.

Junior Lydia Naughton is not in favor of the policy for that reason.

“It’s disgusting, honestly. These are on the floor and it’s not clean at all,” Naughton said.

Principal Sam Wynkoop respects student and teacher opinions alike, but sticks behind the policy for safety reasons and the trust he hopes to build with parents.

“What it boils down to is knowing where our kids are all the time,” he said. “For six and a half hours a day parents say, ‘We’re giving our most precious resource to you. Not take care of them.'”

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