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Dear All Who Walk the Hall…

Posted 04/24/2018 by Molly Little

Students beware: there are right and wrong ways to navigate the hallways. photo by Andrew Villescas

Thomas Jefferson reminders in walking the hall.

There are general understandings that humans have that are not clearly written anywhere. It is called common sense. In high school, people usually understand these unsaid rules by the time second semester rolls around. Freshmen are aware of their surroundings, sophomores stop lingering, juniors quit with the hallway romance, and seniors…well one just hopes they go to class. However, this year there seem to be some misunderstandings as far as hallway rules. So I have taken the liberty to write them down. You’re welcome.

  1. Walk on the right side of the hall always.

This rule isn’t really that complicated, yet some students truly believe that walking against traffic is okay. It is not. Do not do it. Staying on the correct side prevents people from running into those walking the wrong direction. It keeps the flow of students in the correct direction. The right is right!

  1. Do not linger in front of doors, stairwells, or in the middle of the hallway.

You are in the way and it’s annoying. Yes, I am talking to the people who stand outside of the stairs on the second floor by Silvers’ room. Stop doing it. Everyone has four minutes to walk from one side of the school to the other and it isn’t easy when students are standing and shoving each other. Move to the side, or, even better, don’t congregate at all. Thanks.

  1. Only walk in pairs or trios.

Lines of four or more people don’t fit in the hallway. We understand you like all of your friends, but you can move in packs rather than soldier lines. Three people in a line takes about a third of the hallway leaving room for students walking the other direction, and room for students to cross from one side of the hallway to the other side depending on where their classroom is.

  1. Walk and talk with haste.

Get a move on people!

  1. Use the directions in the stairwells.

Someone took time out of their day to provide visual cues indicating which ways to walk in the stairwells. Everyone needs to walk up the correct side of the the stairs. Ask just about anyone in the hallways if you are confused about the difference between up and down. I am sure they would be happy to help. Walk up the correct side so people don’t trip, fall, crack their heads open, and die. (Please note: no students were harmed in the making of this article).

Following these rules will result in a safe hallway experience at Thomas Jefferson High School. All of those who are trying to get to class on time in the short four minutes would appreciate your respect and help in implementing these rules. #BringBackCommonSense

A fed up senior