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Late Start Adopted at Rhinelander High School

Tamra Bart, Student Journalist

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At Rhinelander High School (RHS), the 2018-19 school year began with a new addition to the daily schedule – a once-a-month late start – held on the second Wednesday of every month.

On late start days school begins at 9:55 a.m. instead of the usual 7:55 a.m..

At 9:45 am, students are allowed to walk the hallways and access their lockers. This is a change from last year having early release days allowing students to leave at 1:15 p.m. rather than 3:15 p.m..

Normally, kids would be excited to have less school and be able to sleep in, but some students, especially those riding the bus, are not so happy. They still have to come to school at 7:45 a.m. and then wait two hours for classes to start. Other downsides can come from the situation as well.

Rena Trapp, a faculty member at RHS, said, “Some kids who do not ride the bus have difficulty trying to get to school because lots of parents go to work at 8 or 9 a.m. and don’t get home until like 5:00 pm. But, there are some positives on the other side with this rule.”

Teachers, like Trapp, have better opportunities to finish their work. “The teachers can have extra time to get their stuff done. Now I can work on correcting papers and getting ready for the day. It’s really nice to know that I have that extra time to do all my extra work,” stated Trapp.

Laney Waydick, a junior at RHS, drives to school every day and does not feel affected by the late start.

Waydick said, “Some people just don’t bother to show up to school and consider it a day off, and this new thing doesn’t really consider the bus riders.”

Opinions have been stated on how the late start could be more planned out. For example, students get confused with the bell schedule on that day and believe a printed schedule for each classroom would help students know what time and class to attend to next during the late start day.

The late start has changed things up at RHS and whether or not it will be more than a one-year experiment remains to be seen. 

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