Revoking Principal’s Passes

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Chris Arias, Review Staff

Feature Photo By: Chris Arias- Junior Darrin Fauser and senior Emily Hanrehan pose with their Principal’s Passes. They use them to leave the campus during lunch and off hours.

Lunch time at Rangeview is filled with the hustle and bustle of students scrambling to eat lunch and to see friends. While it can sometimes seem like every student is crammed into the common area, some have been issued Principal’s Passes, stickers on their IDs that allow them to leave campus during lunch on on their off periods.

According to the 2015-2016 RHS Student Handbook, students who maintain a 2.75 GPA, have a 93% attendance rate and have no disciplinary referrals are eligible for a Principal’s Pass.

“I go out to lunch maybe once a week,” says junior Darrin Fauser, who has had his pass since sophomore year. “I sometimes go out during 3rd, it just depends.”

This is a closer look at a Principal’s Pass. It is a simple sticker on the back of a student’s ID (Chris Arias)
This is a closer look at a Principal’s Pass. It is a simple sticker on the back of a student’s ID (Chris Arias)

Some students have not been as lucky. This year, a few deans have been revoking students’ passes for being tardy to their classes.

Mrs. Lynda Hamilton from RHS’ main office speaks on the issue of removing Principal’s Passes.

“It is a privilege if you have [a Principal’s Pass], and if you abuse it there has to be consequences.”

Many students disagree with this policy, including Fauser.

“I feel like that’s kind of not okay because sometimes people can’t help being tardy.”

Senior Shay Felker agreed, saying,” Some kids can’t help it sometimes. If it’s five (tardies) or something, then year it should be looked at, but not just one.”

With both dance admissions and principal’s passes riding on attendance, there are higher stakes for absences and tardies. Students are expected to attend school, on time and ready to work.