An uproar of change has erupted with the new schedule here at Mountain View High School. What started only as a rumor during the summer is now a reality. Flex is dead! The question has arised, will this new "no flex" schedule help or cripple the student body? The administration and students certainly have opinions on the matter. Note, the purpose of this article is to display information and opinions amongst Mountain View in an honest and open manner.
This should not be anything new considering the recent announcement by Dr. Chun explaining the schedule change. Flex is eliminated from the daily schedule. The time that would have been used for flex will be added to class time, adding an extra 5 minutes to the regular 90 minute class time. The exception to this is every Monday morning when the new “Bruin Time” will be held. Each student will report to their A1 or B5 class to have a 35 minute intervention where they will be able to attend any class to work on fixing grades. The new change to the school schedule has brought up more than a few opinions from the student body. Jacob Blosil, a sophomore here at Mountain View said, “I’d rather have flex because I would personally use it to help out with grades or homework or whatever needed to be done. If students work hard, then then not having flex might not matter but for the ones that struggle in class, this could hurt them.” Matt Culp, junior, stated, ”I enjoyed the free time I had when I didn’t have to worry about school work. With the change to the lunch schedule it takes a lot longer for the lines to die down for us to get food; I ended up only having five minutes to eat.” One of our seniors Meghan Merrit also commented, "I feel like it has its pros and cons because it will challenge students to do better in class but it's also a bummer for those of us who actually used flex time. Some of us have extracurricular activities which makes it hard to stay after or come early for school.” Asst. Principal Derek Elison said the administration hopes the change will bring about a more engaged classroom. “With more time in the classroom, students should be able to complete their work and avoid a failing grade.”
Even though the new change seems unorthodox, flex is still here in a sense. What students have known as “flex” has only been around for five years and is fairly new itself. However, the student body seems have their own reaction wondering “Why?”. Student Clancy Abegg said, ”I have a right to know because it affects me. Students are a part of this school, so they should be told why it’s happening.” Although the administration hasn’t given a clear answer, a rumor arose among students that the change started because of sluffing. Yet when students are not taking advantage of the time given to them to make up grades, who can blame the administration for trying to take control of the situation? It is important for the student body to remember that this is a test. The results that come from grades and attendance will be the deciding factor in if the schedule will change or stay the same.
Even though MVHS students won't always agree with the changes being made, it is good to know that the Mountain View administration is willing to try new things. The decision is always adaptable for the benefit of the student body. Flex being dead may not be the most settling thing for classmates but, in the long run, it will become a benefit.