After a hard workout in physical education class, students
are warm and sweaty. If there are no showers in the school, the
students have to go back to class the same way.
This is a problem that students and teachers at Roncalli Central
High must face. Should the district school board have a policy
saying that showers need to be mandatory in every school?
When I go back to class all sweaty, it makes me feel uncomfortable
and unclean," says Bryant Mahar, a student at Roncalli.
Nobody wants that sweaty smell on them or around them when
sitting in a classroom learning. If personal hygiene is part
of the issue then the district school board has to consider and
realize that it's important that students have a chance to clean
up after gym class. Those sweaty hands that just came from the
gym will be touching desks, sharpeners, even other classmates.
"After gym class, you go back to class all smelly and
stuff and it's gross," says Morgan Hynes, a phys. ed student.
When asking students who are involved in sports activities
in the school if they would use the showers, they all replied
"yes" , some adding "as long as they were clean
and maintained properly".
Mike White, the new phys. ed teacher at Roncalli, said that he
brought up this issue with the principal, Ron Chambers. Chambers
looked at the advantages of showers while also viewing some downfalls.
He taught in another school in the same school district as Roncalli
and he said that the school also didn't have showers.
"With the schools in this district, I don't think that
the district school board should have any problem putting showers
in all schools," says Chambers.
Chambers agrees that it is a good idea due to the personal
hygiene factor but he said that he's not too optimistic on the
district school board agreeing with this.
If the district school board does take a look at this issue,
they may not see it as clearly as the students do. Time limits
are part of the problem because students are only given a certain
amount of time for gym class. Surely, students can take into
consideration that lunch times or recess times can be used for
showers if they don't have enough time during the phys. ed class.
If students and teachers of Roncalli High can agree with each
other on this issue, the question is whether the school board