by Abril Serrano – Staff Reporter
School lockers are useful in many ways by giving students a chance to store their personal items as well as school supplies, such as heavy textbooks and laptop chargers. Unfortunately, the way the lockers organized, combined with low passing period times and physical restrictions, make it nearly impossible to use a locker during school.
Personally, I went through the struggle of maintaining a locker during my sophomore year. Having my locker on the other side of the school from my 6th period made it almost impossible to get to my locker. Every day I rushed to my locker, weaving my way through other students to get into my locker, and then running to get to the bus mere seconds before it took off.
The locker location is determined by the student’s grade level. For example, the senior’s lockers are located upstairs on the left wing of the school and the juniors lockers are located upstairs the right wing of the school. Freshmen and sophomores are located down stairs freshmen on the right, and sophomores on the left.
If the locker layout situation is not already bad enough, the short passing period time only makes it an even bigger minefield. Compromising the student stress levels, the school offers students under five minutes to get from point A to point B, giving us students barely enough time as to get where we need to be.
As students, we are only allowed to go to our lockers during certain time. Students would think that one of those times would be during lunch, right?
Wrong—not if your locker is located upstairs. The school would prefer if students would not walk or head upstairs during lunch if the students fourth period is not upstairs. This means students are given even fewer opportunities to be able to use lockers and this prevents students from having to carry large and heavy items like bags or school projects.
The current locker situation simply is not working—what we need is change.
School lockers could be useful if the school would change the rules and give us an opportunity to pick the lockers that better fit our class schedule. We could be given the opportunity request a specific locker if you wanted one at the beginning of the year, after we had time to analyze our schedules, and older students would be given priority if two students wanted the same locker. We would be able to make one simple, quick stop between classes, instead of having to go out of our way to relieve ourselves of a few pounds of student burden.