Students at Eckstein Middle School are learning a fundamental rule of the road: Always stay to the right except to pass.
Principal Kim Whitworth is trying a new approach to help alleviate the unsafe conditions and chronic tardiness caused by haphazard hallway traffic patterns during passing periods at Eckstein. She’s asking students to stay to the right side in hallways and stairwells, just like we do when we drive. Students are also prohibited from stopping at lockers anytime during the school day–another source of passing-period bottlenecks. Walk on the wrong side of the hallway more than once and you run the risk of lunchtime detention.
In an email to parents announcing the new policy, Whitworth cited another middle school where this plan has been very effective in reducing hallway incidents and students who are late to class. They have also seen a decrease in the amount of between-class bullying.
Students are unhappy with the new rule, saying that it’s too hard to carry everything they need for a half-day of classes with them until lunch, and the punishment for crossing into oncoming traffic is too stiff. But parents and staff at Eckstein hope that this will improve the learning environment for all students.
What do you think of the new rule?