Digital Hall Pass:
By Janica V. Stocking
When we all walked into Corner Canyon this year, we arrived with hope to have at least a relatively normal school year. With normal activities being scheduled and without masks being required, we all thought that things were going back to normal. To everyone’s surprise, one of the main things about school that had stayed consistent during the past 2 crazy school years had been dramatically changed.
This school year, the administration has introduced a pretty radical change to the hall pass system. As of August 16, 2021, Corner Canyon has started using a digital hall pass system. It allows students to have 5 hall passes a week and a 35 minute cap on the amount of time students can spend outside the classroom. The policy was introduced to students on the first day of school by the Vice Principals.
The new system is through myHomework app and can be accessed through the app or online on your school-issued device. Upon testing out the new hall pass system, I noticed that the system has several serious flaws. Though it was simple to login to the website, I noticed that the system doesn’t have enough options for types of hall passes. As of August 20, 2021, the only options available are Bathroom, Attendance Office, Counseling, Library, and Room Visit.
While I understand why the administration wouldn’t want students to be wandering the halls and doing things they shouldn’t be doing, there are several situations that would require a different locations or more hall passes in a week. Students often carry around refillable water bottles that require several refills throughout the day. The new system disregards the reality of student life and cracks down unnecessarily on responsible students.
With the infamous PA hall being more and more of an problem for the school, the entire school has been required to implement the new system to try and prevent further issues. As teachers and students have attempted to make a smooth transition to the system, many have expressed their aversion to the system.
Many students feel that the system wastes a lot of time and with the several technological issues numerous students already face while on school property (i.e. WiFi and device issues) a digital system makes things more difficult. Some have also stated that the system is simply unnecessary. One CCHS Senior, Vee Witzel said, "Most teachers don't even use it, so it's unnecessary." But the distaste over the isn’t just limited to the student body, many teachers have expressed that they aren’t fond of the new system.
Many have even decided to not use the system in their classrooms and will resort to the old-fashioned way of trusting students. As the number of complaints from students and faculty rises, we will see how the administration responds. Will the administration back down and allow students and teachers more freedom with regards to hall passes, or will they maintain their stance and make this part of a “new normal?”