Free the freshmen

While the upperclassmen enjoy their lunch freedoms, freshmen are forced to follow a different set of rules.

Every year BHS opens its doors to a new group of incoming freshmen, and every year they themselves are introduced to the social hierarchy of high school. While freshmen slander can be an understood tradition amongst most high schools as a means of discipline since they tend to be more immature, this should not extend toward administration policies. More specifically the unfair restrictions of advisory and leaving campus during lunch. 

Sophomores, juniors and seniors are allowed to have an off-campus lunch as well as only attending advisory once a week. Freshmen do not get either luxury, as they are required to be in advisory for the last 20 minutes out of a 50 minute lunch period every day of the week, and do not get to leave campus. This is understandable with someone who needs help getting their grades to an acceptable level, but otherwise, it is only taking away from those who have earned the privilege of a full lunch.

Even with these lunch rules, the practice of enforcing them is logistically very difficult. Some freshmen do have a driver’s license and have earned the privilege to freely leave campus. The rules only discourage students from leaving since strictly monitoring what class of students comes and goes is a heavy task.

It seems advisory has strayed away from its original intent of checking grades and notifying people about tutoring times and is more so used to keep control of students’ whereabouts. By adjusting the advisory schedule and giving students more time to eat lunch, it should help them get back to school on time if they feel more comfortable knowing they can stay out longer and ensure more time to get back.

Immaturity among lower-classmen is the exigence of why rules like these are in place. The transition from a middle school setting to a high school means a greater amount of independence is placed upon students. While advisory and off-campus restrictions should be in place because of this, they do not have to be as extreme as they are currently. Advisory does not have to be so often and students do not have to be forced to stay within the building during lunch to effectively discipline students.