As Seaholm’s rising sophomores, juniors and seniors know all too well, the school has instated a new policy regarding student parking passes. In the weeks since the policy was unveiled at grade level scheduling assemblies, there has been nothing but unrest from sophomores and juniors who now fear for their ability to park in the coming school year.
In reality, the reaction to the new policy is disproportionate to the issue.
First of all, all seniors who qualify will be given parking passes. Yes, the remaining juniors will be placed in a lottery, but only if the number of students who want a pass and qualify outnumbers the amount of spaces left.
A benefit of the policy is that, while attendance seems unrelated to parking, the attendance tie-in does give students an incentive to show up to school. However, it won’t affect students whose absences are caused by illness, school-related activities, or other legitimate reasons.
All of this being said, improvements could certainly be made to the policy.
For instance, the administration has talked a lot about what students can’t do. They can’t be late, they can’t ditch class, they can’t show up less than 92 percent of the time. We’ve definitely heard a lot about the negatives, but could there be another side to the policy?
The Highlander would like to see a positive way for students to gain back days toward their parking pass.
For example, if a student has accrued enough excused absences to prompt a possible revocation of their parking pass, they should be allowed an opportunity to reduce the number of absences held against them. A good way to do this would be to have them serve a certain number of community service hours.
Not only would this give motivated students an opportunity to redeem themselves after missing school, but it would encourage positive behaviors as well.
We’re on board with any policy that aims to improve our education. But instead of simply punishing negative behaviors, the school should give students an incentive to do something good, by allowing them to work toward the privilege of having a parking pass.