The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy left much of New Jersey in shambles, including the area of Rumson Fair Haven that many of us call home. It left many without power, with damage to their homes and other property, and all of us with a new sense of priorities and New Jersey pride.
Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School was no different. The school was without power for two weeks, and students were left wondering when they would return to school. After two long, cold, powerless weeks, RFH was able to return to normalcy. However, since we missed a fortnight of school, changes to the schedule had to be made. New Jersey law states that public high schools must have 180 school days in order for the school year to be complete. However, Sandy knocked out 8 full days from the schedule. This presented a daunting task for decision makers at RFH. They were able to come up with a solution, but it is one that leaves far less vacation days in the schedule.
In order to make up for the lost time, several school days were added throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. They did this by removing days off between January 2 and spring break, such as Martin Luther King Jr. day. Due to the removal of these days off, there is now a long stretch between January and March–13 straight, uninterrupted school weeks. Quite the grind for RFH’s student body. On top of this, an additional 2 days of quarterly exams will be added on June 23 and 24. Graduation will be pushed back to the 25th.
RFH students should be wearing their pajamas regularly every night during winter, because we cannot afford any more extra days off. According to the RFH website, there is a set order of school days that would be added in case there are more emergency days off (most likely because of snow). The first day added would be May 24, followed by April 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and March 29.
While many people are complaining about the schedule changes, I don’t see many issues with it. Sure, it is grueling to have 3 straight months of school without a day off, but this was a necessary evil. We experienced a major natural disaster and lost almost two full school weeks. Some people fail to see the magnitude of those two weeks. AP classes are scrambling to make up for lost time. Besides, students should enjoy coming into school every single morning anyway.