Students adjust to the five-minute buffer


Students begin to head to class five minutes earlier. This is not an extremely big change for most students.

Since the start of the new year, school days have officially started five minutes earlier than normal. Originally when talking about this new policy, students were worried that their normal schedules will be interrupted.

However, since this policy has been implemented, it has proven to have less of an impact on students’ routines as expected.

“It’s not that big of a deal,” junior Haiden Leak said. “I don’t have to leave or wake up any earlier.”

The majority of students feel the same. This being said, there are some students who do find issues with the five-minute difference.

“It’s a big deal; I need sleep,” freshman Trinity Chap said. “[This new policy] makes me wake up earlier.”

With difficult classes and hours of homework, students use every minute they can. Even though some students sleep schedules have been altered, this does seem to be the preferred way of handling the missed days of school.

“I’d rather do this then come in on days we were supposed to have off,” Chap said.

The 2018-2019 school year has been beleaguered by inclement weather. Four days were lost to hurricanes, and five have been lost to snow so far. As it is only mid-January, there are expected to be many more missed.

In previous years, the school district has resorted to tacking days on to the end of the year or during spring break; as of now, the make-up days are Jan. 18, Feb. 18, March 28 and June 10. Spring break remains in-tact.

“If [the five-minute policy] allows us to have some days off, then yes it was a good idea,” Leak said.

In actuality, the five-minute policy only makes up enough time to recoup one missed school day. If there are any more, GCS will need to find another solution. Davidson County, for example, already made up a snow day on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Rather than implementing Saturday school, many think it would be beneficial to ask the state for forgiveness. At the most recent school board meeting, a temporary waiver for not meeting the mandatory 1,025 hours of instruction was requested; however, as of Thursday, Jan. 10, the North Carolina Department of Instruction has not granted it yet.