Stricter Rules Enforced to Regulate School Safety and Security

Katelyn Timple, Opinions Editor

   Starting this school year, UC High will be communicating and enforcing rules to ensure safety on campus and promote a positive learning environment.

Wearing IDs will be required. ASB President Margaret Andico said, “We’re going back to wearing IDs so that our campus is safer from outsiders. It has to be visible [when you’re wearing it].”

Associate Principal Antwon Lincoln said, “The biggest rule that we’re trying to enforce is to always have a pass when you’re out of class. Some kids just wander around and miss class and instruction. It’s a safety issue too.”

There are also rules regarding leaving campus and unauthorized campus entry. According to the University City High School website, “Students may not leave school at any time without prior authorization from a parent/guardian to the Attendance Office. Students may not go to their cars during school hours” (uchs.

   Lincoln said, “This is an open campus — from any angle, people can get into UC High, and we don’t want kids who should not be on campus to be present. If they shouldn’t be here, we’ll take them off campus.”

Lincoln said, “Last year, kids didn’t have IDs or passes, so people not enrolled in this school could walk around campus.”

Additionally, ordering food delivery services, such as UberEats and Grubhub to the school will not be permitted, according to the University City High School website.

Parking permits will also be required. Andico said, “A big problem that UC High is encountering right now is the parking lot situation. With all the construction going on, our parking is super limited. Our school decided that it was best to require parking permits to park on campus. Juniors and seniors will be able to get parking permits.”

   Lincoln said, “Parking passes allow us to quickly assess who should be here, and if there’s a situation, there’ll be an ID number and license plate that can be recorded. Sometimes, kids will park in the teachers’ spaces. Parking is limited, but we all have to share this space.”

The phone policy will also be enforced this year. Lincoln mentioned how, if a teacher says to put your phone away and you put it away, that is where the situation ends. He added, “It’s when you say no, then there’s a problem, because you’ve willfully defied an adult. When you do that and the admin gets involved, there has to be some consequences.”

   “What we’re trying to say is just listen to your teacher. Put your phone away for 57 minutes and be done with it; if you can’t put it away for 57 minutes, the consequences are not having it for possibly a couple days,” said Lincoln.

If a phone is taken by a teacher, the student can pick it up in the office. According to the UC High School website, “If the phone is taken on Monday or Tuesday, it will be accessible to the student to pick up after school on Wednesdays from 3:36-4:00 p.m.. If the phone is taken on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, it will be accessible after school on Fridays from 3:36-4:00 p.m.” (