By: Laura Consiglio
It is that time of year for seniors to begin applying to colleges. We are getting ready to take another step in our lives, this time most of us will be on our own. We are at the age where we can legally fight for our country, vote, smoke, give consent for sexual intercourse, and gamble in certain places--fairly important and possibly life changing responsibilities we have. Yet, during lunch break, we are not allowed to drive ten minutes to grab a bite to eat. Lunch break is not the only issue though, it is a real pain if we need to run home if we need something for school--we have to go through an annoying process, while some of these needs to run home are fairly urgent and not time consuming if you live locally.
Windsor is a small town with plenty of restaurants all within ten minutes away, so why does the school not grant us seniors that privelege to order food to-go or retrieve something from our home?
If the main reason for not granting seniors the privelege is that the school is liable for the safety of the students, a simple form could be signed to allow off campus priveleges. If it is thought that it would be impossible to keep track of who has permission or not, the administration should consider this--students who do not have parent permission either obey and stay at school, or they will find a way to sneak off campus anyway. So, have our parents sign a form so that the rest of us are able to enjoy a good lunch break with friends at a local restaurant, or so we could run home to grab a notebook or materials for an in class project. All the school would need to do to regulate open campus is as we leave the parking lot, have us show them the signed form, and that is that.
While some students are irresponsible, it is wrong to assume the majority will abuse the privelege and return to class late. Those students that do not care about being tardy are most likely willing to sneak off campus anyway and would be tardy for other reasons--such as lack of care. The school could always threaten "senior in good standing" or have some other consequences.
I understand the argument for closed campus because it prevents students from rushing in around windsor in order to get to class on time. All that rushing could cause accidents. However, the school cannot predict the future and cannot assume that we will get into a car accident. There is always potential for car accidents--on the way to school, on the way home, rushing to work, or to class. The argument does not hold because you simply cannot live thinking "I can get into a car accident, so I am not going to drive five minutes to the town green to eat at a restaurant." The students should always keep in mind that driving is a privelege and it can be very dangerous, so be mentally present at all times.
Many of us are leaving for college or at least moving out of our parents' house in less than a year. We are at an age where we should be allowed to drive to a local restaurant to get some good food and have fun with friends during our last year of high school.
For another perspective on the issue supported with the facts of how another school makes open campus work, check out the other editor-in-chief, Caleb's blog, located on the front page.