Buffalo Roam Card allows eligible seniors off-campus lunch
Many would agree that there have been a lot of changes at Haltom this year; new start time, new administration, and new policies and procedures. Some of these changes may have been difficult for students to embrace, but one new policy is sure to be embraced by deserving seniors.
At the last senior meeting, Principal Clarence Simmons announced that off-campus lunch would be available to eligible seniors for the remainder of the 2012 school year.
“I wanted to find a way to give back to the seniors and be able to reward them for the good things they’ve been doing,” Simmons said.
Eligibility is given to those who meet these qualifications: The seniors must have no unexcused absences or excessive tardies, no discipline referrals, all grades for each class must be above 70 and the cumulative grade point average must be an 80 or above.
Eligible students will be able to go off-campus for their designated lunch period and buff time for the last week of the fifth six-weeks grading period, April 9-13. If the student earns the privilege for each six weeks leading to the last six-week grading period, they will have earned the privilege to go off campus for the entire six weeks of the last six-week grading period.
The decision to allow off-campus lunch was made by Principal Simmons with the help from the Principal’s Advisory Council that is made up of students from Haltom.
“It was the students’ decision, and they helped come up with the criteria for which the students had to meet,” Simmons said.
Students who qualify need to go to student services to pick up a form that must be signed by the student and the student’s parent or guardian. After it is approved, a special ID, called the “Buffalo Roam” card, will be given to the students, granting them permission to leave the school.
“In the next year, I hope to do more things to give seniors more privileges like I’ve done at previous schools, like maybe fixing up the courtyard and making it a place where they can eat, if desired,” Simmons said.
Needless to say, change can be good. Haltom will never be the same, but that might not be such a bad thing.