Should Elmbrook High Schools Have Open Campus or Late Start/Early Release?
Students at Brookfield East and Brookfield Central high schools would like to see more flexibility for seniors in good standing.
Student representatives from the high schools were scheduled to speak about the possibility of having an open campus before the Elmbrook School Board on Tuesday. An open campus would allow students to leave during lunch breaks to go to local businesses for lunch instead of using the cafeteria or bringing a lunch.
However, the students at the high schools told the board they preferred a late start or early release for high school seniors in good standing.
“Seniors in good standing could use flex scheduling for late start or early release via study hall during the first or last block,” explained Jessica Schmeling, a student representative from Brookfield Central.
Schmeling said Arrowhead and Tosa East high schools allow their seniors in strong academic standing to come into school late or leave early if they have a study hall scheduled during the first and last periods.
Late start and early release would come with some regulation, she said. It could incentives students to perform well academically and work toward the privileges throughout their high school careers.
“It is also a behavior incentive,” Schmeling said. “People aren’t going to be wanting to get in trouble if they are going to have this taken away from them.”
The flexible scheduling ideas will go to the principals to have further discussions to determine if it is a possibility for Elmbrook high schools. If the principals and Elmbrook School District staff view it as a viable option, then the change would have to go before the Elmbrook School Board for official action.