New schedule blues

Students comment on changes implemented to the schedule for the second semester.


Marina Saviceva-Noti

Starting off the new year sleepy? Maybe you should have accounted for the earlier start time and less days off.

Marina Saviceva-Noti, Staffer

A major change took place after getting back from Christmas break, and while it appears minute, the four minute addition and removal of 3 days off sparked opinions on how the hurricane day make-ups now affect 2023. Large points of change include starting at 8:20, decreasing the days off from school, and reverting Early Release Days to their full length. So far positivity is hard to find on this subject, as students share their thoughts on how the new semester feels. Alexa Michaels (‘25) provides some logic in how the change is presented.

“The days taken away aren’t being used to make up what time we really needed for semester one work. We don’t have any breaks in the month of February either,” Michael said.

However, the new changes don’t all negatively impact the school year, as Oscar Lin (‘24) makes a point towards the revisions.

“It’s alright because with the new minutes and less days off, we don’t need to add any days to the schedule after May 26,” Lin said.

This means school still ends on the day originally stated in the beginning of the year, so more time for summer break. Even though having fewer days off sounds bad, it adds days for AP students to gain valuable knowledge for their tests in May, especially for seniors who are preparing for college in summer or fall.

Despite the slight benefits, senior Nicole Dalla Betta (‘23) still adamantly dislikes the District’s decisions, expanding on the fact that students, at the end of the day, will not quickly force themselves to adapt around the changes.

“The new schedule is the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Four extra minutes causes kids to still be late,” Dalla Betta said.

The general consensus among the student body shows a stark annoyance towards the seemingly rash decisions made for this second semester. It’s unclear how this will truly affect students’ learning, either positively or negatively, but hopefully it doesn’t clash with any onset Senioritis.