School elects to stick with current bell schedule for next year
Throughout the year, the possibility of a transition to a full block schedule in the fall aroused excitement among many teachers and students. However, after teachers discussed the issue, they chose to stay with the current partial-block schedule.
According to history teacher Matt Torrens, the department chairs felt that there was not enough time to get a new schedule in place.
“If a change had to be made, classes would have to be adjusted, and it was simply not enough time to get a change implemented,” Torrens said.
Students met the decision with varied reactions. Some, including sophomore Manini Desai, were happy to learn that the teachers rejected a schedule change.
“Even though it is a pain to carry around all your stuff [on Mondays], I still like having all my classes in one day to start off the week. And personally, I don’t think it’s that big of a problem to have all of our homework due on Monday because we do have the whole weekend to do it,” Desai said.
On the other hand, students like freshman Rohit Rao believe that a full block schedule would be better.
“[Less weekend homework] would give time for more extracurriculars over weekends. Students who have faraway sports tournaments wouldn’t have to worry about completing up to seven classes worth of work over the weekend,” Rao said.
In the end, it doesn’t look like a full block will come to fruition anytime soon.
“I'm not confident a change will ever happen,” Torrens said. “Teachers are not convinced that Mondays/Tuesday homework load is as serious a problem.”