Talawanda To Implement New Bell Schedule
The shift of the schedule is due to the new bus routes going to the new high school. Mr. Rhoton believes “it will work out well for high school students,” because the high school students will be on the buses for a shorter period of time, and they will be picked up around the same time each morning. Even with the bus routes being practically on the same schedule, it is still the responsibility of students who drive to get there on time.
There are mixed feelings about the new start time from students. Junior Joseph DeVaughn, a student who drives, isn’t too thrilled about waking up earlier. Yet, he believes, “It’s worth it. It’s always worth getting out of school earlier.” Mixed feelings don’t lie just amongst the students though, as staff is torn by it as well.
Social Studies teacher Marc Tincher not only enjoys starting school at 7:20AM, he would rather it be at 6:00AM. Science teacher Mr. Yuva also likes the time change, stating “I love it. I get to school at 6:15 every morning anyway, so it just means I get to leave earlier.”
On the other hand, some teachers aren’t a fan of the time change.
When asked how he felt about the time change, Art teacher Sean Oswald let out a sigh. “It’s early, man… that’s all I’ve got to say.”
English teacher Matt Aerni feels that the new time change will leave the students less prepared for class and leave them more tired. “I feel it’s too early for high school students. When the time was later, I feel students were more ready for the day.”
So, next year, Talawanda students will not only have to adjust to a new high school, but also to a new bell schedule. Going to sleep a few minutes earlier can help prepare for learning on the next school day.