Multiple changes to SMART period are being enacted by administrators in the spring semester due to increasing concerns over the initial intent of the time during the school day.
One of the primary changes affecting students now is the removal of the cafeteria as an option for students to go to during the 30-minute period.
Some administration and teachers feel as though the changes would be a way to get students into classrooms and ultimately allow them to be more successful in their classes.
“This is something teachers have asked for. And one of our biggest concerns of SMART period is that we weren’t getting those kids who were making the D’s and F’s in the classroom. By shutting down the cafeteria, we are forcing students into a classroom. Maybe that will help them get to the place where they need to be to bring their grades up to a passing grade, ”Assistant Principal Bobby Parker said.
Some students have voiced their concern about whether there will be a place for every student to go.
“The classrooms that I’ve already been to are already almost to capacity. If you think about it, logistically it doesn’t make sense not to have the cafeteria if certain halls are closed,” sophomore Ashley Teague said.
Spanish teacher Jamie Shell feels the school needs to make sure that rooms are being used evenly. She believes some teachers are overwhelmed with how many students they have while other teachers only have a few. She thinks it will be ideal if a system can be worked out.
Junior Chase Sewell believes that the punishment given to students who did not go to the classrooms when they were supposed to was not severe enough. Consequently, he does not believe that the entire student body should be punished for the actions of those who just ignored the requirements.
Sewell also felt that the students deserved a warning before the cafeteria was taken away as an option.
On Feb. 21, the administration held a survey on our school’s website about SMART period. It was a short-answer form that received around 600 responses.
“What we’re trying to do is just get our groups to be smaller. That’s why I need students ideas on if you want a place to go with your friends, let me help you find a place,” Johnston said.
According to Johnston, she would like to have more student input also about SMART. As of now, the committee just consists of faculty, so she would like to invite students to join.
In addition to the changes in SMART, Second Chance Breakfast will no longer be offered, at least for the present time.
Johnston said that they are trying to balance the manpower it takes to offer second-chance with the large numbers of students who want to have it.
“When we talked about it and analyzed it, we came to the conclusion that every student who is here by first period does have an opportunity to get breakfast because we don’t want anyone to be without,” Johnston said.