By Jane Aronds
To ensure the safety of student athletes driving to practice, WHS has developed new requirements for the physical education exemption policy.
The policy will require any student applying for winter or spring exemptions to fill out an additional form, which can be found in the Guidance Office.The form asks for information including a license number for the person driving, as well as the car’s registration, make, model and insurance carrier.
“This policy will help ensure that we’ve done everything as a school to gather information about student transportation,” said Interim Assistant Principal Ms. Margaret McFadden.
According to volleyball Coach Ms. Beverly Torok, students may also check off a box indicating whether they will be walking or biking to practice in place of driving.
“It’s obviously a good thing to promote safety, but at the same time, I think the [form] will be difficult to complete for many athletes,” said senior girls soccer Co-Captain Mary Randazzo. “The person driving them to practice is not always consistent. It may vary from day to day.”
Although students acknowledged the policy was written to promote safety, several disagreed with the change.
Senior basketball player Chris Wright said that a lot of students walk to practice, which makes him think the new form is unnecessary.
Senior winter track Quad-Captain Phil Chapel said, “I think it will mean that friends won’t be able to help each other out.”
The policy was implemented to promote safety for student drivers, according to McFadden.
“While students are on gym exemption, their sport becomes a part of the school day,” said McFadden. “We are worried about students being in cars and the liability of what might happen if a student gets into an accident on their way to sports practice.”
Added McFadden, “We need to have an idea of how students are getting places.”
Torok said that to legally protect students, the administration wants to make parents aware of who is driving their child to practice.
She added, “This policy will also prevent students from having too many passengers.”