PHOTO CAPTION: AHS students stand in the tardy line moments after the 7:44 a.m. bell rings. (Photo by Samantha Martin)

By Samantha Martin

Students of Andover High School are now adapting to a new system in the foyer that changes the process for checking in late.

This new late “box,” or vestibule, was put in place in order to create a safer environment for the AHS community while also providing a more orderly way to check in late students. There are now two lines, one for students with IDs and one for students without. If you enter the building after 7:45 a.m., you are marked late and you must wait in line to receive a pass to your class. Adults wishing to enter the building must also check in in this vestibule and provide identification. Students seem to be reacting to this system in various ways, both positively and negatively.

Senior Nadia Aruri said she believes that “if the goal is to allow students to get to class as soon as possible…[the system] works worse.” Aruri categorizes herself “as someone who’s late a lot for school” and finds the new system to be “inefficient.”

She said, “Me personally, I always have my ID with me because I keep it in my wallet…but it took me about 3 minutes to get in and out of the line. My brother, on the other hand, had to stand in the line for like 20 minutes” because he didn’t have his student ID.

However, she does believe that there are some positives to the new system: “The one thing I think it actually might be helping with is safety. It’s really hard to get into the building now.” With such a complicated system that requires verification of identity, it does appear to be making students feel safer within the building.

Another senior, Rebekah Edwards, shared similar viewpoints as Aruri. Similarly, she believes that this new system “works a lot worse because it takes so much time to get into the school.” Edwards said she is late “once every couple of weeks” and that it takes her much longer to get into the school. “If you’re coming to school one minute late then you’re going to get into the school a lot later,” Edwards observed,.

Sophomore Manas Joshi seemed to agree with Aruri in regards to safety within the building. He said the system does “make [him] feel like the building is safer than before.” The prior system made it easy to get into the building and this new process may make it more difficult for any potential threats to enter the building.

Joshi, however, disagreed with the seniors regarding the time it takes to get into the building. Joshi, unlike Aruri and Edwards, is “not [late] often” but is “occasionally [by] a couple minutes.” When he is late, he says that it arguably takes “the same amount of time” as before to get into the building.