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Aug. 20, 2007

Principal cuts passing time, ends lock-out policy

by Lucas Alvarado-Farrar, Online Features Editor
With hopes of improved student-teacher relations and more instruction time, new Montgomery Blair Principal Darryl Williams cut passing time from eight minutes to six minutes for the upcoming school year.

As an additional measure, Williams has announced that the lock-out procedure has ended. However, he does plan to continue enforcing hall sweeps and will allow teachers to lock students out if they wish. "I expect students to get to class even with only six minutes, and with some luck we won't have to reinforce the lock-out policy," Williams said.

A smaller Blair population led to the elimination of the former portables, which prompted the decision for shortened passing time. Williams hopes that the shorter passing time will lead to more time in class. "What we are really aiming for is more time for student-teacher interaction," he said.

However, the shortened times have left some staff and students worried about getting from class to class on time. "Trying to get from the gym to a room in the 340s hallway with less time will certainly be more difficult," noted social studies teacher Lansing Freeman. "I guess students will need to limit their socializing to lunch."

Some students also recall last year's congestion after 5A and 5B lunch, which will likely occur this year as well. "Even with eight minutes, making it to class on time could be hard, especially when the hallways were really crowded," said rising junior Greg Vogel. "I think that teachers are going to be annoyed when no students are able to get to class on time after lunch."

But, Williams insists that there are more important things to worry about than having to cut socializing and believes that parents and staff will feel the same way. "There might be questions at first, but hopefully they will be quickly resolved. I don't think anyone can complain about extra instructional time and increased student-teacher relations," Williams said.



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  • What? on August 21, 2007 at 12:05 AM
    I like the idea of the lock-out policy being canned, but shortening the passing time? Sure there are no portables anymore, but it still can take a while to get from one side of the school to the other.

    "What we are really aiming for is more time for student-teacher interaction."

    That is stupid. It only saves about 10 minutes a day, 2 minutes per class. The only "student-teacher interaction" there will be will be because the teacher is penalizing the student for being late.
  • '07 (View Email) on August 21, 2007 at 1:31 AM
    Wow, 2 minutes for each class? A TON more instruction time. But not even that, because the passing period is in between classes, meaning that with 5 (or 6 for magnets and CAPs) classes there are 4 (or 5) passing periods = 8-10 minutes for 5-6 classes = ~1.6 minutes per class. The things you can do in 1.6 minutes.

    Alternative suggestion: cut the pledge. It's a waste of time, simply a brainwashing activity. Actually you could cut half of infoflow, just have Ms. Fus announce the announcements, infoflow gets cut from 9 to maybe 2 minutes.

    But then again what do I care, I don't have to be there this year. Good luck y'all with this stuff plus edline. Gonna be a really fun year.
  • Henry Scher (View Email) on August 23, 2007 at 1:29 PM
    A slight correction - I'm pretty sure it's 4 or 5 classes with 3 or 4 passing periods (1, 3, 5, 7, maybe 8, or 2, 4, 5, 6, maybe 8).

    Also, this would only affect the first 3 passing periods, not the last, as the last already is 5 minutes long. Therefore, this adds a total of 6 minutes to classes, or an average of 1.5 minutes per class, not including an 8th period, as that would be completely unaffected.
  • dear henry on August 23, 2007 at 6:07 PM
    you forgot about lunch.
  • Eli Barnett (View Email) on August 24, 2007 at 12:47 AM
    This is a step in the wrong direction.

    A bad policy is a bad policy, albeit unenforced. How about we leave the passing times the same (2 minutes won't help the classes), and can the locked doors.

    *That* would be an improvement.
  • just wanted to say.... on August 24, 2007 at 6:08 PM
    What a great start... school hasn't started yet and already there's going to be lots of students disliking the policies.

    Like everyone said below... 8 more minutes of teaching? Big difference. 2 less minutes to walk from one end of the school to another? How fun, I bet everyone's gonna love it.

    "I don't think anyone can complain about extra instructional time and increased student-teacher relations." Oh really? Since when did we all want more time sitting in class? Our block schedule already makes classes long enough... And I wonder what kind of student-teacher relations can be created by this. I pretty much agree with the person below: The only "student-teacher interaction" there will be will be because the teacher is penalizing the student for being late.
  • An-D (View Email) on August 24, 2007 at 8:54 PM
    Ha ha lucas you had to write a story over break Ha ha. its good though...
  • this sucks! on August 25, 2007 at 12:40 PM
    this year is not starting off well... i agree completely with anyone who thinks these policies are bogus (with the exception of losing the "lock-out"). how can we be expected to get to different ends of the school in six minutes? there will be no time to go to your locker, (not to mention use the restroom!!!). i think we need to change this policy quickly. just because Williams wants to make an impression on his new school, doesn't mean he has to do it so quickly, and without concern for the students (as opposed to the parents).
  • '08 on August 25, 2007 at 2:11 PM
    The critical part will be right after lunch when the halls are crowded. Not looking forward to missing that critical extra 2 minutes...
  • look on August 25, 2007 at 11:18 PM
    Our new principle should have to count the time that is going to take him to get to room 363 for rome 6.
    Last year I was always late because I had only 8min for that. And now the worest came
  • Liberal on August 26, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    Walking from the child center to 375 takes exactly 7 minutes and 30 seconds. We have to run in order to make it to class. I say we hold a protest in order to keep our rights.

    POWER TO THE STUDENTS

    THESE SECURITY CODES ARE TOO HARD!
  • asdf on August 27, 2007 at 10:53 PM
    Why complain when you haven't even had started school yet? Give it a chance, if it doesn't work out, complain all you want.
  • Jon Phoenix Brookstone on August 28, 2007 at 12:03 AM
    I would fully support this new policy if students were allowed segways. In light of that, I suggest we protest in favor of students being able to use segways in doors. I mean, we could protest to get hte 8 minute passing period back, but we've all been there already, and we know just how boring that is. ^_^
  • Why? on August 30, 2007 at 7:56 PM
    It seems even more crowded this year. Doesn't it make intuitive sense for it to be more crowded when the portables are removed?
    Even as someone who knows his way around the building, I have trouble getting to classes on time. There is really not time to go to the bathroom. And for what? For five extra minutes on each period? It's nonsensical.
  • Why? on August 31, 2007 at 2:43 PM
    Why whine?
  • alumna3 (View Email) on September 20, 2007 at 1:31 PM
    So Blair isnt overpop anymore? What is the pop now?
    No more 3100 blazers?
    Opening Northwood eased congestion that much?
  • Paris Stewart (View Email) on November 1, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I think it is not fair for the students to have 2 minutes for passing time but 8 minutes I think it is too much time but 6 would be the right amount.
  • kaitlyn floyd (View Email) on November 20, 2007 at 11:13 AM
    I like that you don't lock out the students but, why did you cut the passing time?
  • katherine (View Email) on March 6, 2009 at 8:25 AM
    I think that you should not cut time in between classes because kids need extra time to get to their next period class
  • Jr. on March 10, 2009 at 1:55 PM
    Wow that sucks for the kids
  • jessica on October 16, 2009 at 12:51 PM
    all school are the same always trying to get the students in detention..
    i dont think its fair they just dont know wat its like to have to rush to the next class.since all the principles do is sit in their office to drink cofee...=-]
  • Craig Christenson on October 26, 2010 at 12:08 PM
    Can I punch this guy in the mouth? This is kind of outragous.
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