One of the important things for seniors to remember however is that these are in fact privileges; they are earned not given. The administration takes a firm stance on keeping seniors in line by taking away privileges if students are not meeting certain academic standards, or if they disobey certain rules such as going to lunch more than once a week.
This year a majority of seniors feel as though there are not as many senior privileges as there have been in the past. In previous years, there seemed to be much more leniency in dress code. Last years dress code privileges included “professional dress” days for Tuesday through Thursday, which gave students the opportunity to have a more relaxed outfit yet still look presentable. However, this year students are required to be in dress code with the exception of a college hoodie and free shoes.
One thing that seniors must realize is that senior privileges are not meant to give seniors complete freedom from school rules. They are meant to give leniency to a few rules in the handbook. Another thing many seniors fail to realize is that while they may seem limited compared to past years, this year’s privileges are only different in the fact that the uniform is required during the week as opposed to professional dress.
One of the biggest reasons that this professional dress privilege was not given to this year’s senior class is because there was a lot of misunderstanding between students and faculty as to what exactly constituted “professional dress”. Many students would come to school wearing a plain shirt and shorts and call it “professional dress”, however, the faculty did not find their appearance to be that at all. This is what led to the decision to take this privilege away and substitute it with college sweatshirts and free shoes.
After asking many seniors what they would change about the privileges the answers all seemed the same. Many seniors wished they could have more than 1 off campus lunch day a week. Now, they often resort to having a group in which one person goes off campus each day of the week and gets the rest of the people in the group food. With students already doing this it might make more sense for the faculty to allow more than one off campus lunch day a week. Additionally, many seniors feel as though if they are using their money for lunch then why should they be restricted in how many times they can go to lunch. Allowing seniors to go off campus for lunch multiple days a week, will only result in a possible emptier lunchroom.
Additionally, many seniors would also like a more lenient dress code throughout the week and see no reason as to why they can’t have the college sweatshirt and free shoes on Monday as well instead of only Tuesday through Thursday. The problem many seniors see with the college sweatshirt privilege is that, as the month goes on, it gets hotter outside and it no longer makes sense to be wearing a college sweatshirt anymore.
A majority of students interviewed agreed that it would make sense to allow collared shirts and shorts throughout the week as this is a simple guideline that is either met or not met. There is no grey area with collared shirts. And for girls there would be a rule in place that the shorts would have to be a certain length, which would be decided by the administration. Failure to abide by these guidelines would result in a comportment form.
Lastly, many seniors wonder if they have two study halls in the morning or two in the afternoon back to back they can only come in late after one or leave early for the last block of the day. Students feel as though they are just going to sit in study hall and probably not get much accomplished. However, the administration combats this by saying that Bullis is an institution; students are here to study and to learn. Regardless of whether or not they accomplish anything in study hall, attendance is still important.
While it is certain nothing is going to change this year, next year’s senior class will once again have to decide and get approved a set of privileges for their senior spring. Perhaps next year things may change, or history may repeat itself, only time will tell.