Revoke FLHS library pass rules

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The library media center at Fairfield Ludlowe High School is full of useful resources for it’s students to use. This space at school is designed to encourage students to succeed by allowing them access to computers, textbooks, library media specialists, a quiet place to study and more. As much as the school administration promotes the library, many students feel that they do not have complete access to these resources due to an issue with being denied admittance or being kicked out. The students at FLHS understand that the administration wants to keep track of all their students which is being done currently by only allowing students in the LMC with a pass signed by a teacher. If the school is also using these passes to prevent kids from skipping class, they have to understand that students can still get a pass while skipping, but on the other hand, most students who are cutting class would not go to the LMC. Not only are these passes a hassle to attain but they are also completly unnecessary. To get these passes, a student must ask a teacher to write one out for them each time. If each student has one free or study hall per four day rotation, they must get 45 passes signed to the library each year. With 1,541 students attending FLHS, over 83,214 paper library passes will be used each year if every student went to the library during their free periods or study halls. This waste of paper only adds on to the reason that these passes should no longer be required. In order to avoid being disruptive in class, students typically ask their teachers for a pass during the five minute passing time in between classes. During this time a teacher could be resetting their classroom for the next period or helping a student with a lingering question. Asking for a pass at this time would be considered infringing upon someone’s quality of education. Another issue with the requirement of LMC passes are unexpected cancelled classes. During a cancelled class many students want to utilize the time to study or get work done. In this case, the library would be a great place to go, however, the student must find a pass first after the period has already started. The student would have to wander the halls for thirty minutes in order to find a teacher who is not teaching a class and is willing to write them a pass. This only takes away their time that could have been used doing something productive. The LMC passes at FLHS create a limit to students productivity and access to helpful resources. By revoking the rule that implements Library Media Center passes students at FLHS would have more of an opportunity to succeed.

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