by Zena Nguyen
In previous years at Stuart at 2:05 p.m. students would flood the halls to get to their destination. Students that stayed after had to be with a teacher, coach, or club sponsor. Security then would check the building to make sure students were in an activity, not wandering around. If the students were found not in an activity, then they would be asked to leave. Some students even after being told by security to leave would go off to a different classroom and security wouldn’t be able to go back until they checked the other rooms. The new dismissal time this year is 2:55 p.m. and security is focusing on this policy.
The purpose of having more enhancement of security is to make sure that students are safe. “Parents expect that while their students are in our care, they are supervised,” said principal Penny Gros. All students who stay after school must be supervised to make sure that all students are safe. “Given the limited resources we have, students cannot be hanging out in the halls because our security team only works 8 hours per day,” said Gros.
According to safety and security specialist Joseph Gould, this school year the security team decided to make a change. “The security team decided to make a bigger effort to make the building more secure,” said Gould. He has also seen a difference with the increased amount of enforcement. “The building is more quiet and the teachers aren’t calling security.”
Teachers at Stuart are also seeing the effects of the enforcements. “I believe that security has done a fine job of keeping the halls clear,” said health & P.E. teacher Bahai Ahmed. “It was better than it was, the situation is getting better day by day, it’s improving,” said Biology teacher Marc Rivers.
Students have varying opinions on how effective security has been on keeping the halls clear this school year. “There’s some people in the halls but not a lot,” said freshman Madison Banks. Other students say that the enforcement is not being very successful. “They don’t care,” said junior Azarias Michale.
The faculty and students both have different views on how the increased enforcement of this policy is being met at Stuart. “Student safety is the most important responsibility I have as a school principal. I want to ensure that we provide a safe [school] for all of our students,” said Gross.
Photo by Nathan Bass