Question: Is Eureka going to start tracking student?
Answer: Eureka has always "tracked" students.
There have been some inflammatory opinions being written and verbalized over EHS tracking students. I wanted to share the facts.
It all began last year during my last Principal's Student Advisory Team meeting of the year. At that time students were expressing concern at the restrictions being placed on them which hindered their using school resources, particularly after school. Students stated that they understood the need for certain rules to monitor and control behavior, and provide a safe environment. At the same time the question became, is there a better way that would allow responsible students, that behave appropriately more freedom, while maintaining an educationally sound and safe environment for all. This discussion began a quest to accomplish that goal.
Identified Areas for Improvement:
- Greater student accessibility of school resources
- Improved efficiency and accuracy of use of resources
- Create a safe education environment
Currently, we have designated high traffic areas on campus such as AcLabs, guidance, library, security desk, etc. By upgrading to an electronic system, similar to what students will use on college campuses and/or work sites, we will save time and be more efficient than using our current out-dated paper-pencil process.
We will also have the ability to do immediate background checks with campus visitors, providing a visitors pass with name, photo, and reason for being on campus.
As with all change in procedures there will be a transition period as students get accustomed to the ability to use their student IDs to fast track in and out of places.
The ultimate goal is to allow students more freedom on campus during and after school hours while maintaining a safe environment.
We will begin implementation second semester with students using the library during after-school hours. Currently students must have their student ID to utilize the library during these times, and other students staying after school for a variety of reasons.
The other goal of accurate attendance records in our high traffic areas during regular school hours. We will be making these transitions during the semester, beginning with checking in and out of school after the school day has started.
It is difficult to address everything in this format. I have provided a summary of our goals and will be happy to discuss this with anyone. Students will be provided with additional information during class meetings January 3 and I will continue to seek feedback from students regarding the process.
Thank you for your support of Eureka High School,
Deborah Asher, Principal