Failing seniors off–campus privileges taken away

Mary Nowlan, Staff Writer

This year, high school is not the only experience  some seniors are saying goodbye to. New procedures  this year involved taking away off–campus lunch privileges from seniors.

Seniors failing required classes received red ID’s banning them from going out and enjoying a stereotypical high school activity. Some students may think this new rule is too harsh and unjust.

However, Dean Kevin Schrammel stated that it is an extra motivator for failing students get back on track and pass their classes.

“This is a fair rule because the deans can’t be expected to just let a bunch of kids fail,” senior Jaclyn Trauscht said.

This new rule is aimed to encourage seniors to bring their grades back up in needed classes in time to graduate.

“This is not to punish kids, but to give them as many opportunities to bring up their grades before graduation,” Schrammel said.

According to Schrammel, once a student has improved his or her grades, he or she may simply stop by the dean’s office to get off–campus privileges back. Furthermore, their ID’s would be restored to normal.

“If you bring your grades back up, you can get your off–campus privilege back,” Schrammel said. “There have already been a lot of kids coming back down and showing us their grades to get the chance to leave at lunch again.”

While  time was  running out for seniors to meet graduation requirements, the new means of motivation were aimed at encouraging seniors to be self–advocates, be aware where they stand in terms of grades and to reach out to their teachers for opportunities to improve through extra credit.

“This is really just a wake up call to seniors since graduation is right around the corner,” Schrammel said.

According to Schrammel, the new rule has had a positive result overall. Several students were able to regain their lunch privileges.

“We have found it to work well so far since many students have come to us with those classes that they were previously failing as now passing,” Schrammel said.