Our current bell schedule allows us every class to meet once a day for about an hour, plus the tutorial periods twice a week. A block schedule could mean students would go to their classes every other day, for two hours each.
Many teachers seem to be content with the way things currently are. Mrs . Davalos, Spanish teacher claims, “I think what we have now [is better] because we get to see the students every day.” Others have mixed feelings. “Yes and no. I think it’s really good for art, dance, and PE, I think it is horrible in math because some lessons take time to process and one hour isn’t enough,” said Mrs. Kaska, who teaches dance and math.
Debate often arises about whether the bell schedule change should or should not be implemented for the sake of the students, or for the teacher. “I would say that it affects both evenly,” comments Mrs. Lindfors, high school English teacher. “It seems like it could go both ways evenly,” continues Viviana Rodriguez, a junior.
Another area of concern with changing the bell schedule is necessary time in class. Ms. Ras, science teacher feels “There are times that I would like a little longer with the class, but I would prefer this over block schedule.” Some students seem to agree, “I am able to manage my time around it and get my work done,” added Rodrick Edwards, junior.
At the moment, next year's schedule is unknown. Some feel it's unlikely that the shift will ever happen, but perhaps next year will finally see the experiment put into action.