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An open campus is a privilege

Some were excited to become juniors for it. Seniors were excited to put their new car to use. Yet, administration had other plans that would prove to be a shock to most upperclassman. Yes, as some may already be aware, there are no more off-campus passes. Some were excited to become juniors for it. Seniors were excited to put their new car to use. Yet, administration had other plans that would prove to be a shock to most upperclassman. Yes, as some may already be aware, there are no more off-campus passes.

For some time now Stagg has gone from being a closed campus to having off campus passes, but this year administration didn’t want to deal with all the consequences. For previous juniors and seniors, in order to obtain an off-campus pass a student would have to have at least a 2.5 grade point average, yet this year there’s no way around it. The juniors and seniors, whom this affects the most, were upset to find out that they can’t leave campus during lunch to get a quick bite to eat. Yet, what some students don’t understand is that there are many reasons why we lost this privilege.

Reasons range from students coming in nearly 10 to 15 minutes late to their fifth period, to not showing up at all, to sneaking students who don’t have an off-campus pass with them. But are these behaviors really the fault of only the students? Administration had many chances to enforce the rules of an off campus pass, but they failed to do so. Each time a student returned to campus late they should have got a check on their lunch pass, which counted as a strike. Three strikes meant you got your pass confiscated.

If the campus security monitor don’t enforce rules why should we expect students to follow them? Although it is the fault of the administration for not enforcing the rules of an off-campus pass, there are some students who do understand where the frustration is coming from. Standing outside during your lunch break watching students go in and out of campus becomes a hassle, especially when students come in late.

Not only that, but if students were to show up late to class they would miss important instruction and would do worse in that class. While many rumors have circulated of possible requirement changes to obtain a pass, Principal Andre Phillips has debunked this assumption. Rather than completely eliminating the pass, they could possibly find a more effective way of enforcing the repercussions of defying the rules that come with an off campus pass.

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