Nina Coughlin and Katie Tangradi
A plastic yellow rectangle is single -handedly infecting myriad students with common cold symptoms just months before the flu season arrives.
Students walked in day one, expecting to receive the typical passport/planner. PLOT TWIST, students were introduced to the aforementioned slab of yellow plastic, also known as the new hall pass for the 2015-2016 school year.
To exit the classroom, students fill out the hall pass with the time and destination. The hall pass accompanies the students to their destination and back. This process is not only unsanitary but vile. Students should not have to be concerned about the hall passes history prior to the student’s use.
The hall pass is generally taken to the bathroom, which is the most germ-infested location in the school according to many students. If there are 20 students in every class, eight times a day, then there is a possibility of 160 students touching a single hall pass every single day. Some of those students may be sick, while others may fail to wash their hands after uses the lavatory. Either way the hall pass poses a health risk.
Within the first three weeks of school about two-thirds of every class experienced cold symptoms. Our hypothesis leads to the hall passes being at fault for this school-wide illness. It is beyond disgusting that this piece of plastic goes everywhere with students, and is shared by the entire student body. Hygiene is a personal issue.
“The new hall passes are bogus if you ask me,” Senior Dylan Waterman said. “I think it is super gross and unhygienic to be carrying the same hall pass that many others have just brought with them into the bathroom. Who knows what is on these disgusting passes, and I’m sure it is nothing I want on or near my body.”
What was thought to be good idea is now causing illness throughout the high school. The majority of students are against it. This policy needs to change before flu season arrives.