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Where Have All the Bells Gone?

On August 15th, 2017, Redwood’s Administration made an executive decision to get rid of the two-minute bells that Redwood students have become accustomed to.

Mr. Shin, the principal of Redwood High School, started the interview off by apologizing for the lack of communication. Shin said that he has begun his principal talks, and plans on featuring this new policy in his talk to fourth period classes. He said that along with the new construction on campus, the administration was looking to change the bell system per request of individual teachers and because the bells periodically broke.

“The two minute bell started off by being something that allowed students to know there was two minutes left over in the passing period, but it became a crutch to where students were taking that two minutes to begin walking to class,” Shin said. He said that there are no bells in college or the workplace, and he doesn’t want students to be driven by bells.

Mrs. Moore, a teacher at Redwood High School, said that the new bell schedule allows students to be more responsible with their time during the passing period. However, Moore also said that better communication about the change could have avoided frustration, as many students were not even aware of the sudden change.

“That social aspect of the nine minutes passing period is really important to kids because if you don’t get that time to chat with friends, then they come to class, and all they wanna do is be on their phone,” Moore said. She said it’s important for students to have the seven minutes to socialize, but when the two-minute bell rings, kids start walking to class.

Mrs. Weiss, a teacher on the vista campus, said that the freshmen are not going to be the ones who are impacted by this change. She feels that this change will mean a learning period for all other grades because they have grown accustomed to the bell. Weiss enjoyed having the two-minute bell because a lot of her students come from main campus, and the two-minute bell alerts them to speed up to make it to class on time. She says vista students are now going to struggle because by the time they hear the bell, it’ll be too late.

Dylan Diltz, ‘18, said that the change causes unnecessary stress. Diltz used the two-minute bell as a tool to see if his speed was going to get him to class on time or not. Diltz said, “Now, I have to be in a rush all the time while being unsure of whether I’m on time or not.”

Destiny Campos, ‘18 said she understood that it was the student’s responsibility to get to class on time, but faculty should work hand in hand with the students to make everyone’s day easier. Campos noticed that ever since the two-minute bell has been removed, a lot of her classmates had been late and teachers don’t know when class would start. Campos said, “By bringing back the two-minute bell, we could make a lot of people’s day easier.”

Written by Valisity Vargas, Brianna Luna, and Caitlyn Michelson

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