How long should the passing periods be?

Over the years during Harlan Community High School's time, the passing period lengths have changed multiple times. Being 3, 4 and 5 minutes at different times. During Mr. Brun’s first couple of years at Harlan the passing period was 3 minutes long. The school then had a testing period where they had either 3 minute long passing periods with 2, 15 minute breaks throughout the day. Or they could have 5 minute passing periods with no breaks. The teachers and students voted on the 5 minute passing periods. It then got changed to 4 minutes. And then finally it has been 3 minutes for the past two years.

Some pros of longer passing periods would be people could finally have enough time to go to the bathroom and fill up water bottles. If a student ever needed help on homework, instead of staying after class to talk with a teacher. Which would result in students being tardy to their next class. They could talk to a teacher before class because of the extra minutes. The halls would also be less crowded as students would leave classes at different times. But some pros of shorter passing periods is we get out earlier. During the time when the school had 5 minute passing periods the school day was from 8:15 to 3:30.

Now some cons of both; longer passing periods result in longer days. Students also have more time to mess around and get in trouble with teachers. Some cons for shorter passing periods are students have no time to go to the bathrooms and fill up their water bottles. Also having classes on opposite sides of the school is a struggle. It’s hard to get to the next class in just 3 minutes, and students are counted tardy if they're late.


If you could choose how long the passing periods were, how long would you say(1-10 minutes)?


Would you have longer passing periods but a longer day or a shorter day with shorter passing periods?


Do you agree or disagree with the time the passing periods are currently?





Mr. Bruns

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  • I think that the passing periods should be longer. I think more time will help students use the bathroom and get water. Plus it gives more time for students if they have a class upstairs.

    • I agree, I think that they should be 4 minutes long. But longer can't always be the best, especially when it adds time onto the end of the day. I personally would not want to add more than a couple of minutes onto the current time that the passing periods are right now.

  • I think passing periods should be longer so that students can go to the bathroom and get water. I also think it'll be better for students with classes upstairs because they would have more time to get to their classes on time. I do think this might cause some issues for some students who like to get into trouble and  for the people who like to skip half of the class period but i think its a good idea.

    • That's my thought too, getting from downstairs to upstairs or vice versa takes at least a couple of minutes. Especially with the traffic of students going everywhere. With the skipping class part, I do think that this could be a problem with people skipping classs. But there are always ways to help fix that.

  • I think passing periods should be 6-7 mins long so that students that have their next class all the way acrossed the building can make it on time. Students will also have enough time to fill up their water bottles and go to the bathroom. It is likely that students will mess around during the longer passing periods but its easy to stop. 

    • I agree it could be easy to stop kids messing around in the halls. But making the passing periods 6-7 minutes, I think that may be a couple of minutes too long. But overall I agree with you that they should be longer than they are currently.

  • if i could choose how long passing periods could be i woulsd say .6 minutes its enough time to get where you need to be and talk for a litlle bit and you still have enough time for class.

    • I think that 6 minutes may be a couple of minutes too long. But I agree that they should be lengthen by a couple of minutes. I think 4 minutes would be the perfect amount of time to go to the bathroom, fill up your water bottle, and possibly talk with friends.

  • I think that the passing  periods should be five to six minutes long verse the three minutes we have know. There would be a lot of plus to doing it this way because less people would be in the bathroom and you actually would have enough time to do that or fill your waterbottle or even talk to a teacher.

    • My opinion is 4 minutes is perfect. But I could see that some people would want to have a couple of extra minutes even on that. There would be positives to adding time, including getting time to go to the bathroom, filling up your water bottle, or even talking to a teacher about questions people may have.

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