The new vestibule hurts seniors

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  • “Safety is an important issue, but the new vestibule system doesn’t make any sense. I arrived 2 minutes past when the gates closed and got to class 30 minutes late because of how long it took to walk around the school and wait in line. There’s no real security measures either since nobody checks bags, and even if they did, it wouldn’t stop anything unless they also screened every single kid who came into the school on time also,” senior Vivek Kondapavuluru said.

  • “I understand the reasoning behind it and the pressure the teachers are under to keep us safe but I feel like it also creates inefficiency and to a lesser extent by yelling at us to make sure we’re on time it creates unnecessary fear and anxiety on top of the fear and anxiety we already have to deal with," junior Aedan Bennett said.

  • “I think it’s a great idea, but I think the practicality and execution should be done better. Increased school security is absolutely something to prioritize, but when it causes students who are a couple minutes late to be almost an hour late for class, execution has to be better. It’s not only penalizing kids unfairly for things out of their control, but causes an unnecessary hassle for seniors like myself to walk all the way around the school and miss almost all of my first block just because of traffic or an accident, both of which happen very frequently," senior Nivedan Dharmavaram said.

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Parking in the senior lot is a privilege one dreams of from the moment they enter Hillsborough High School.

But then came the vestibule.

As a response to rising security concerns generated by a growing number of intruders on school campuses in the United States, the school has taken precautionary measures in order to establish a safer learning environment. Going into the 2019-2020 school year, students will be limited to one entrance and exit during school hours as an attempt to combat unwanted visitors.

However, the location of the entrance poses a great inconvenience to students parked in the senior lot. The gate to which they are accustomed to, which is suitably placed in front of the bus ramps, will now be closed at the start of school, with security cameras in place to alert administration if it is opened from the inside. This severely affects seniors who face heavy traffic in the morning, as a 10-minute tardiness will now be stretched by the amount of time taken to walk around the entire school to the front. In the event of an early sign-out, seniors are now forced to circle around from the front exit to the rear of the school in order to reach their car, requiring an absurd of time and energy. These problems sacrifice valuable class time for the students.

Some may argue that the alterations will inspire students to limit their tardiness, which is agreeable to a certain extent. But while students should be taking action to arrive before the gates are locked, there is no preventing the occasional bad morning produced by an overabundance of traffic or an unsounding alarm. And while students should remain in class for the entirety of the school day, a random doctor’s appointment or a pressing family matter will now require a lengthy head start to accommodate for the hike to the senior lot.

As irrefutable as the safety benefits of the new entrance are, measures should be taken to subject seniors to more suitable conditions.


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