By Olivia Booth
The 2016-2017 school year was one of many transitions. With a shift in principalship came new policies and modifications to old policies. As with any change, adjusting was difficult; however, changes at Henrico this year were unique in that the period of adjusting and ‘trying out’ policies lasted an entire school year.
Foremost of the new policies were Warrior Time and bathroom restrictions.
Warrior Time was a new concept at the beginning of the school year and has evolved greatly since its fledgling stages in September. Initially, this period in the day was a time dedicated exclusively to reading; however, it is now a study hall of sorts where students are free to talk and work. Even the time of day that this free block takes place has shifted from afternoon to morning.
Warrior Time will continue on through next year, but hopefully, will be a more stable period in the day.
Additionally, the guidelines regarding bathroom usage have also evolved dramatically over the course of the year.
Students were angered when the administration introduced the fifteen-minute rule at the start of the school year, which stated that students were only permitted to use the bathrooms in the first fifteen minutes of class.
Howbeit, bathroom rules reverted to old ways in that students can now use the bathroom freely, barring the first and last fifteen minutes of class.
Ultimately, this year has been an unsteady one; however, as Mrs. Castillo-Rose’s second as principal, the 2017-2018 school year calls for more stability.
As for policy adjustments, Castillo-Rose states that “Any policy modifications will be reviewed and discussed with the admin team over the summer.”