2011-2012 News Student Life — 21 September 2011
Short passing periods make students late

Jesus Medina

Guadalupe Hernandez

Many students at Oakland High are upset about the amount of time they get to travel from one class to another.

Since the change from seven- to five-minute passing periods last year, students have been getting to class later than before, say some teachers. This has become a major problem for students who travel from the new buildings to the main building.

“There is not enough time to do what we have to do, as in use the restroom and go to our lockers,” said senior Ricky R. Hines, Jr.

Most schools in the Oakland Unified School District have five-minute passing periods.

Ever since Oakland High has had the five minute passing periods, students have been having trouble getting to class because of the traffic students hit in the hallways or because the classes are too far away from each other.

“We don’t have enough time to get to one class to another,” said Jordan Tensley, a senior. “With all this traffic in the hallways, I’m always late. I don’t even have time to go to the restroom.”

Students also go to their class missing their books because they don’t have time to go to the locker to get their materials. This makes it worse for students because they are unable to do work.

The students at O-High fear getting bad grades just because of their tardies. At the end, many say all they want is good grades.

Truancy Officer Ray Bermudez spoke in favor of the shorter passing periods. “I think it was a good idea because kids just have enough time to get from one class to another and less time to socialize–to be late.” When asked if he though passing periods will ever be changed back to seven minutes, he exclaimed, “I hope not.”

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  1. I totally AGREE!! We need more passing period times esp. when your next class is at the new building and you gotta pee real bad and your teacher marks your tardy and gives you 40 min. detention for it! I demand more Passing period time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. yes, i agree there should be longer passing periods,because when i try to get to band all the way from the other side of the school i have to run and i cant even go to the bathrom so please lengthen our passing periods my school used to be five minutes but now it switched to four what is up with that!?

  3. i totally agree with all of you guys they should make ti 6min it used to be 5 now 4 make it 6 i was late to day because i had to run across the whole school and the teachers said to stop running and if i stop i will be late longer passing periods

  4. I agree with everything!! It’s riduculous that teachers expect us to gp to the bathroom, get a drink, go down to the office, or anything else during that time when most of us are late even with sprinting to the classroom! Kids who think passing time has just the right amount of time only say that because their lockers happen to so convienantly be placed right next to their classes!


  6. i believe that we can all agree that longer passing periods are a must, right now our passing periods are five mins. my locker is at the bottom of the school and all of my classes are at the other end or even in another school. to get to my classes on time I have to run to my classes and bring my books for each class to every class because I don’t have time to get to my locker and going to the bathroom is never an option. I NEED LONGER PASSING PERIODS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. everybody thinks we should have longer passing periods. we need more time to walk to class. and only some schools get 3mins. its crazy. GIVE US MORE PASSING PERIOD TIME!!

  8. You have it better than us! We have a 3 minute passing period!!!!!

  9. I don’t go to the same school as you people but I agree with the passing period thing. I get 3 minutes to go to the bathroom and walk across my school. That’s not enough time. The principal can walk across the whole school in 3 minute so they give us 3 minutes. He didn’t have people in his way, plus he’s really tall and walks really fast. Some of us don’t have that gift. Plus he doesn’t have to go to a locker and to the bathroom during then. Passing periods need to be back to what they were 2 years ago. 5 minutes!!!

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