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Too many snow days leaves BHS with alternative options to finish school on time.

A major shift in the class schedule brings forth not only solutions, but challenges as well.

Alex Chase, Staff Writer

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Snow days are typically a blessing for high school students, but as the winter season comes to an end (hopefully) the administration quickly made decisions to accommodate for the missed school days.

An hour will be extended to the end of the school day along with dismissing teacher workshop days and half days. Seniors began to panic at the thought of rescheduling the graduation date. Without the new schedule put in place, underclassmen would be held in school till late June. Principal Jeremy Sirois fought hard for the seniors to keep their original graduation date and the underclassmen to get out sooner rather than later.

“I still contend that this is a far better option than moving graduation and having grades k-11 in school until the 3rd week of June when buildings can get extremely hot,” Sirois said.

Many seniors and faculty were frustrated with the extra hour on the schedule because it causes many disturbances to their life outside of school.

“At this point, I believe that any schedule that is different from our normal schedule will bring about challenges,” said Sirois. “I think keeping graduation where it is was the best option we had.”

Senior Cassie Riley helped make the decision with Sirois when discussing the school’s options.

“Although no one wants to stay an extra hour,” said Riley. “It’s what we have to do to graduate on time.

Sirois and Riley are passionate about keeping the scheduled activities the same because they know moving all the activities will be a struggle for students and parents.

“Project Sunrise and the class trip were already booked and would’ve taken a serious amount of work to change,” Sirois said.

Senior Logan Maushart, wishes other options were approached due to the difficulties with her work schedule.

“I think it’s very disruptive [the schedule],” said Maushart. “I’m really mad that I’m losing over $100 for the two weeks.”

Maushart is also upset about the community service day that seniors will participate in. Committed to her job all day on saturdays, finding time to take off is going to be a challenge for her.

Despite what students and staff may think, continuing school late into June is a challenge in itself. Vacations have been booked, and family of the graduating class is scheduled to fly in for graduation. Sirois values those plans and truly believes this is the best possible option for our school and community.

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Too many snow days leaves BHS with alternative options to finish school on time.