Carly Jones, Staff Writer – At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, Lecanto High School [LHS] made changes to the bell schedule. Instead of the normal five minute transition, students were only given four minutes to get from class to class. The schedules were also shifted by a few minutes, confusing some as to the times classes began and ended.
The changes to the bell schedule did not go over well with the majority of the student body. Most students were frustrated with the reduced time they had to get from class to class.
“I think it is one of the most inconvenient things they could have done. The hallways are so packed that I never know if I’m going to make it to class on time or not. They should not have changed it,” said junior Joey Edelston.
“It’s hard to get places because of the big crowds and you don’t get as much time to make your way through the halls. It’s already difficult enough to get to some places with even five minutes, so why shorten it and make a bunch of students late?” said freshman Kaytland Hawkins.
Acting teacher and drama director Michael Moll found that the four minute transition impeded with his class time due to his mandatory hall duty.
“There are barely ever any other teachers in the hall with me on hall duty, and I have to be out there until all students are out of the hallway. I have a class in my room, but I’m out in the hall for an extra two minutes because there are late kids still out [in the halls],” said Moll.
LHS has since reverted the changes, once again allowing students five minutes between classes. LHS attendees seemed to unanimously agree that the extra minute is integral for both the students navigating the halls, and the teachers supervising them.
“The four minute schedule was way too short and students wouldn’t have enough time to use the bathroom or anything. I’m glad they’re changing it back to the five minute schedule they had before,” said mathematics teacher Ty Hamilton.