By Greg Goulder ’13
Think back to August: The beginning of the school year is always a tense time, as students wait to hear about school policy changes for the upcoming year.
There were several important changes made throughout this year involving parking, dances and buck-a-jeans days.
I have some ideas for policy changes looking ahead to next year.
First, the new policy addressing guests at dances could be changed for the better.
Several months ago administrators announced guests from outside schools would now be limited at Brophy dances and all guests would have to fill out a pass and emergency contact form.
The required application should be shortened, and made easier for students’ guests to complete.
After all, we’re teens, and in reality we don’t all keep a calendar or plan more than a couple days in advance. And in some cases it might take until the last minute to work up the nerve to ask the special someone to the dance in the first place.
It is necessary for Brophy to monitor who is allowed into the dances, but the new policy creates unnecessary difficulty for students planning to attend a Brophy dance, especially if it’s last minute.
A simpler option that could be easily implemented would be to create an electronic form that students could e-mail to their school principal.
Unfortunately, it is necessary for Brophy to have confirmation from a student’s school administration for the simple reason of safety at the dances.
However, this electronic form would be faster for students to use and would minimize the hassle of the ordeal.
A second policy that could be amended is the current elimination of buck-a-jeans days.
These days were formally eliminated at the beginning of this year, but a small number have been held as fundraisers and for special reasons.
Some of the reasons for eliminating buck-a-jeans days include students wearing jeans on non-buck-a-jeans days and students not paying for their jeans.
But, the benefits of these days far outweigh these and other fallbacks.
Although some students may not pay for their jeans, or wear jeans on non-buck-a-jeans days, these days still bring in money for charity.
Lastly, students should not receive a JUG if they are not wearing belts on non-mass dress days.
This rule seems to be rather harsh, as not all shorts or pants require belts, and many students buy shorts and pants to fit at the waist.
And, students can still wear belts and have their pants or shorts ride very low.
Granted, students without belts on Mass dress days would look sloppy, so a belt rule should be enforced solely on these days.
It would be far better to enforce a rule banning very low shorts or pants.