Do the school rules work and are they being followed properly?

Amber Mataczynski, Staff writer

Rules are important for everyone in the school, teachers and students alike. These guidelines are made with each student’s safety and interest at heart. But now-a-days it seems like students think it is okay to take advantage of them. With that being said, it is clear that just by talking to a few students and teachers that their view on these is very different.

The ironic part is the staff and students were able to agree for the most part that the most important rules include respect and cheating.

Sophomore Genna Foster states, “Respect, to respect not only your teachers, but everyone around you as well. This is the most important to me because it is the simplest yet many people still can’t seem to showcase it. Showing respect can be as easy as using the oh so popular golden rule ‘treat others how you would like to be treated.’”

When asked what she thought was the most important rule, Ms. Kalal responded, “I think that the Code of Conduct (page 15) is the most important rule(s) in the Handbook.

“This states that ‘students will conduct themselves as respectful and good citizens both in and out of St. Joseph at all times.’  I feel this is the most important because if students are being respectful at all times, maximum learning can take place because the teacher doesn’t have to worry about disciplining students every few minutes, which causes class disruption.  Also, if students are respectful of one another, everyone will feel safe and welcome at St. Joseph, which will make the high school experience better for everyone.”

A big rule that seems to be broken often is dress code violations.

Junior Kennedy Hayes added “I think the rule I see broken the most is girls when it comes to the shoes they wear and when people don’t wear IDs. I think these rules are broken so much because we as kids don’t see how the shoes we wear affects our learning and how wearing an ID is important when all of the teachers and staff know majority of who we are (perks of going to a small school).”

The Dress Code is something seen not just by students, but by teachers, as well.

“Breaking Dress-code is probably more widespread,” Mr. Jedrey said. :Again, students don’t see it as a big deal, they even consider it oppressive, or not allowing them to express themselves, or just that we are ‘doing too much’ because we don’t have anything better to do/enjoy their suffering.

“What they don’t get is that it serves three purposes: 1. relating to the safety mentioned above, dress code helps us to recognize who is a Charger because we are all dressed the same.   2. The public image of the school is recognized/represented by how well our students present themselves/are dressed (professionally)  3.  We are a preparatory school, getting kids ready for the professional world. There are many careers that require certain attire or restrict certain things, so getting a taste of that here makes them able to more easily accept that later, hopefully keeping them out of trouble at their jobs.”

Lastly, the students and staff were asked on the “no headphones” rule and their opinion on it.

This, of course, has a split response.

“I honestly don’t know why they started this rule this year,” said sophomore Allie Grengs. “I think it’s kind pointless especially that we can’t even use them in study hall because I know for myself personally I work better when I’m listening to music. I don’t really see kids breaking this rule because having headphones in is pretty obvious to see. The kids who do break the rule just don’t get about getting a detention.”

Teachers obviously have a different take on the topic.

“If you don’t need a cell phone during school, you don’t need headphones,” Ms. Hunt said. “It’s as simple as that.  I only see occasional violations of this, possibly because students can’t walk into my rooms with headphones on and they know it.”

Overall the students and teachers are on the same page on the rules. There is always room for improvement on the students side, as well as the teachers.