In response to WHS' new scanner ID policy for open lunch, students share their thoughts.
Junior Michael Poyntz: “Since we only have [a few] scanners, will there be a line to use [them]? If the scanners break will open lunch be cancelled until it’s fixed? [Do they] only apply to open lunch, or to entering or leaving the building if you’re coming in late, leaving sick, etc.? I think that this will be a positive addition to our school’s safety, but I think there should be more scanners in the future.”
Junior Julie Brownstone: “I think the change is kind of unnecessary because I don’t see much difference in swiping your card as opposed to having to show it to someone at the door. I don’t think it’ll have a negative impact, but I think the school could do without it.If this made it more time consuming to leave and come back I would probably go out for open lunch a lot less because time is so pressed as it is.”
Senior Nick Gabuzda: “I totally understand the new policy. I’m not surprised, by all of the new safety precautions. It only seemed like the next logical step. Like most new policies, students will get used to it. It is too early to tell what effect it will have, whether positive or negative. It seems like a good idea on paper. Technology in our school has been known to [malfunction], so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few kinks at first.”
Senior Jagger Linsky: “Of all the things this school could use our budget on, I don’t see the point in trying to fix something that wasn’t broken. Like all new systems and policies, there will be errors. People will forget or improperly scan, only causing problems. The hall [monitors] will still be required at all the exits to keep kids from using [the doors]. They could just as easily check IDs. This is just going to be an unnecessary hassle.”
Sophomore Greta Crandall: “I understand the safety aspect, but I think it’s too restrictive. I think if you have more than one period off, you should be able to leave even if it is not your lunch. Otherwise the policy is too controlling and that would be a better compromise. It will be a negative addition to the school community while getting students in trouble for minor things.”