Having an open-campus would benefit Leigh High School in many ways. To have an open-campus means that during the time when class is not in session, students are free to go off campus wherever they please. Leaving to get a burrito at lunch, returning home to retrieve forgotten homework, or grabbing a coffee during tutorial; it would definitely be a beneficial policy to implement. So, if it’s so great, why do we still have a closed campus?
“Things can happen off campus, and because we are responsible for the kids, we have a right to know about it, and we have to consider worst case scenarios. My thoughts on it is, I don’t think kids need to leave,” Craig Williams, assistant principal.
It is true that there are many loopholes students use to leave school without a legitimate reason. Some students pretend to be sick and instead get food, others have an older friend call them out and go home to nap.
“We should have an open-campus because the majority of kids who get off grounds passes leave to get food anyways, not for a real reason” said Emily Tuman, senior.
Students who leave campus don’t bother to come back for their last class of the day, therefore lowering attendance. Ultimately, there is no stopping determined kids from getting off campus, so the policy of an open-campus would promote and allow for more honesty, trust in students, and higher attendance.
Many teachers recognize this behavior and are not pleased with it, but hope that students make the right decisions for themselves, whether they leave campus or not.
“We don’t have enough time during lunch, so it encourages kids to not come to school. Sometimes they ditch–it’s what kids do–and in the end, it’s their loss,” said Allison Duffy, english teacher.
Overall, it is evident that the student body wants to have an open campus. Although it would be a popular policy to implement, it is understandable that the administration is not in favor of this because they must assure the safety of all the students here at Leigh.