Occupying nearly every hallway, we find ourselves accompanied by large metal cabinets we associate with the name “lockers”. Such a child-like description may be necessary for some considering how obsolete they have become. As many may know, I recently put out a survey to the student body to examine how often, and for what reasons, we use our lockers.
The relatively even distribution of 185 responses revealed a heavy tendency for students to use their locker very rarely, or never at all. In fact, less than fifteen percent of respondees actually use their locker on a daily basis, and over half do not know their locker number. But why is the distribution so low? Why do we prefer to lug around overweight bags and thick textbooks? I wanted to hear what you all as students thought, and your opinions on whether anything should be done.
A common trend in responses was the simple fact that we are not allotted enough time between periods to make use of our lockers which, no matter their age, were not cheap. Last year, we introduced a rule that reduced transition periods from four to three minutes, even while having a predominately single floored building. It simply cannot be expected that we rush to our classes and allocate time to exchange materials. An extension in time would also grant the ability to actually use the restrooms, and not worry about the controversial “10/10 rule.” A three-minute bathroom break causes more interruptions and takes more time than a minute or two knocked off of class periods. Though the argument can be made that we don’t need to access our lockers after every period, which is true, but entering a combination itself can take up to twenty seconds. Senior Alaya Rivera responds, “You’d have to be running 24/7 to be able to get to your locker and get to class on time.” So what can be done? Of course, we could advocate for longer transitions, but, personally, I don’t see that increasing utilization. Perhaps, a better approach would be to give students the ability to choose the location of their locker, best fitting for their classes.
“I feel like I would use my locker more if it was closer to my ninth period class because I have to rush out of the school,” states an anonymous response, revealing it is not just a matter of accessibility, but also runs the risk of students not making their busses. Carrying around large essentials, such as a coat or jacket, can be a heavy inconvenience for some, so I believe it is necessary that something is done, given we already have the tools. There’s no significant reason why the student body shouldn’t be able to choose their locker location, considering it could have the ability to reduce late arrivals.
In theory, lockers are great utilities that should not go to waste, but the administration is not taking the proper steps to accommodate for us. There is an obvious imbalance in policy and it is time something is done.