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Northwest’s students and staff stay late

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For some, high school starts at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:50 p.m. For others, high school and all the extracurriculars it encompasses expands far beyond seven hours a day. Many students and staff members know what it’s like to stay in the hallways of Northwest past sunset, and the number of people staying late only seems to be on the rise.

“I feel like the latest I’ve stayed [at school] is close to midnight,” junior Olivia Neal said.

Neal is a member of the Northwest Marching Viking Band, and she attributes band as the reason for why she normally stays at school so late.

“[When I stay late I’m] cleaning up after the football games or packing or unpacking for competitions for band,” Neal said.

While band or rehearsal of some sort is a common reason for some students to stay hours after school, there are far more. Another typical reason students stay so late after school is for clubs and extracurriculars with long meeting times, such as student council, speech and debate or yearbook. Once monthly, speech and debate holds a meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Similarly, once a month, yearbook students stay late after school for a ‘studio night’ in which yearbook staff members may work on their layouts outside of their normal class time. 

However, even some students and staff members who are not involved in time-consuming extracurricular activities stay hours after school lets out.

“[I think] the majority of students who stay late after school to avoid traffic and to get help when they need it, but most of it is probably socialization,” Latin teacher Parker Jackson said.

Jackson is no stranger to staying late after school, either. She says she stays until 5:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. on a normal school day.

“[When I stay late] I try to get some work done, which rarely happens, because I spend most of my time talking with students,” Jackson said. “[Staying late every day] also provides an opportunity for tutoring, so no kids can say they didn’t have a chance to come in. Because, if I’m always here until 6:00 [p.m.], what are you doing if you can’t meet with me one time?”

Whatever the reason students and faculty at Northwest may be staying past hours, there seems to be an increasing amount of people on campus after the bell rings every day at 3:50 p.m.


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