To bring earbud and headphone usage back to Bishop Chatard High School

To bring earbud and headphone usage back to Bishop Chatard High School

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Dade Shalkowski started this petition to Bishop Chatard

So, as a fellow student in the community of Bishop Chatard High School, I have experienced many situations, both good and bad. Of course, I have only been here for about 2 years, but I have this problem, that I believe could be fixed, that earbuds and headphones should be able to be used freely (within reason). That means that if we have free time; lunch time, passing periods, study hall, etc., we should be able to listen TO MUSIC. I say music only because of the fact that music is can be more than a distraction. The controversial part of this is that music can be a good addition or bad addition to our community. I would recommend a system, like a pass or a time limit on the use of earbuds or headphones. I, personally, use my earbuds as much as I can, just to calm down or focus. Music, at least not explicit, is used for so much. Music is/ can be  used as a coping mechanism, a stress reliever, something to help focus, a mood booster, and so much more. I get that we have a policy that forbids music and earbuds in class, unless used for educational purposes. Is that really worth making that decision? That you are going to put a harsh policy on everyone (even those who use music and headphones for positive outcomes, like me), and expect us to be happy about it? Another part of the problem is that we have a cell phone policy, but those ARE aloud during passing periods AND lunch, and phones are way more of a distraction than earbuds for music. Yes, earbuds can be used for negative purposes, but phones are worse. I can tell that some kids WITH phones would say otherwise, but they have no evidence or reason to back it up. It’s a simple change, and there are multiple solutions.

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