Bullis students know that at the beginning of each class, they’re required to sign in so that the school knows their whereabouts. Recently, seniors have been complaining about the requirement for their sign-in during study halls, claiming it’s unnecessary and a hassle.
Along with many schedule changes in the past few years, this year the senior sign-in sheet has been moved from the library to the senior commons. While this seemed easier at first, it became problematic when each study hall, the designated person to bring the sheet up to the office would forget, resulting in attendance for the study hall being left unrecorded. With administration becoming frustrated over not knowing who’s present or absent, the sign in sheet has been moved up to the front office. This has caused many mixed feelings in the senior class.
Senior Scott Oh says, “I don’t want to walk all the way up there, and it’s a waste of time.” Tyler Gutman complains that it “Clogs up the upper school office so people can’t get through.”
Emily Renkey argues that the seniors shouldn’t have had the sheet moved to the upper school office in the first place, saying, “I don’t know why we have to bring up the sheet in the beginning of study hall – if we bring up the sheet by the end, then who cares?”
While the extra hassle of having to track down the sign in sheet as it moves in between the two offices on the main floor isn’t the worst thing to happen to the seniors, it does cut into their homework time and the time they have to meet with teachers. In every class, teachers are required to take attendance so the school knows who’s here and who’s not – but the seniors don’t have proctors for study halls. They should be free to sign themselves in without hassle and be treated like seniors.