Purple pass hassle

ARHS students often complain about having to get purple passes signed by two teachers to do schoolwork during lunch.

The rule was put into effect midway through last year.

Some students believe that they just don’t have time to get a purple pass signed by two teachers before they come to the realization that they have a test or homework due, the next period.

On the other hand, it appears that the pass system may potentially benefit librarians.

In 2006, there was a budget cut at ARHS, and the library lost staff members.

At this time there was still a purple pass policy, but students were free to go to the library during their lunch period.

According to Leslie Lomasson, Head Librarian at ARHS, the ability for students to come to the library during lunch started becoming an issue when more and more students started coming into the library and using the computers for unacademic purposes.

Ms. Lomasson stated that the students were “rowdy, unfocused, and that there wasn’t enough staff in the library to deal with them.”

Ms. Lomasson explained that there was also a vandalizing incident in 2014.

There were desks on the far end of the library that were destroyed by students, and had to be thrown away.

Ms. Lomasson voiced the issues to the Teaching and Learning committee last year, and the purple pass during lunch policy got put into place.

“Our idea is not to have an empty library, but to maintain an academic environment for the students,” Ms. Lomasson said.

Ms. Lomasson believes another point to consider is the limited number of library supplies.

“I anticipate we’re going to get really busy,” she stated. “It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with the semester schedule.”

Another librarian at ARHS, Annie Figliola, also commented on the rule.

“There’s also a safety consideration factor,” she said.

She explained that it is hard to account for people that are in the library without a pass, in terms of the place where they’re supposed to be in the case of an emergency.

The ARHS librarians seem have a similar mindset for the reasoning for why the purple pass during lunch rule was put into place.

Ms. Lomasson shared her opinion on the purple pass rule.

“[Despite the purple pass system], I still want the library to be a place where students to come and feel confident that they can do academic work,” she said.