To the editor:
Wellington EVSD just opened a new middle school, next to the high school, and the two buildings open their doors at 7:15 a.m. to let students in. This time is a compromise between them. The high school used to open at 7 a.m. to let the Wellington students who attend the Lorain County Joint Vocational School to come in out of the cold while they wait for their bus to arrive at 7:20, to take them to the JVS. A lot of students have parents who drop them off at the high school by 7 or before due to work schedules.
I called the high school principal, Mrs. (Tina) Drake, and asked about when the cold weather comes. She replied that there will be no exceptions to opening the doors early. She has made provisions after school on those cold days, for those who ride homeward-bound buses, to come into the cafeteria until school lets out and the buses arrive.
The two school districts, JVS and WEVSD, do not have the same school schedule. Sometimes WEVSD calls a snow day but the JVS doesn’t, and the students are expected to be there. So they will make their way to the high school to catch their bus, no open doors, stand out in the cold until the bus gets there, and be cold and miserable all morning. There will be those days when those JVS students have school and Wellington won’t due to teacher in-services, overlapping holiday weeks, etc.
I don’t think it is too much for the custodial or other responsible adult to at least open the vestibule so these students can get out of rain, sleet, snow, or just plain freezing temperatures. The WEVSD has said, “This is a hard, fast rule: The doors do not open until 7:15 a.m., regardless.” These JVS students are Wellington students and yet they are second class.