School remains open for early bird students


Andrea Salcido

Science Teacher Hector Navarro supervises students at 7:14 a.m. in the commons.

Andrea Salcido, Reporter

During intercession students and teachers started receiving emails stating that the school would open at 7:30 a.m. after the first intercession. The school previously opened its doors at 5:30 a.m. 

“The school is now open at 7:30 a.m. because there is nobody to supervise the students early in the morning, but we have teachers volunteering to come in early and watch the students in the commons area,” Sgt. Rick Orozco said. 

Teachers worry about students’ safety and don’t want them waiting outside in the cold before 7:30 a.m.

“Mr. Cedillo is doing good things. He asked for teachers to volunteer to be here earlier. He is at the door checking ID’s, because security guards are not here at that time. ‘One Family, One Destiny’ isn’t just a slogan, we are here for the students and I don’t want anything to happen to me, my students or colleagues,” English teacher Margarita Castro-Cabral said. 

Some agree, others disagree with the change.

“Some students that were here early in the morning because they needed to and before teachers volunteered, students would be outside of the school in the cold. This is secure for the school because now that it opens later and all security guards are here at the time we need to be, it makes the school secure,” senior Sasha Robles said. 

The entrance at the front of the school is now the only entrance to the campus available, all other doors are closed. 

“This decision was made by myself. We need to make sure that we have someone monitoring students and doors, let’s say there is a medical emergency, something is happening and we have no adults available. I feel secure, having one door open is not convenient. If I open every door of the building anyone could come in here, when I arrived here I saw a sign that said this door is open until 8:30 a.m. and that honestly scares me, having doors not monitored that are open scares me, I need to make sure that whoever enters here, belongs to this campus,” Principal Ivan Cedillo said.