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April 12, 2024

Athletes shouldn’t have to miss class

At the start of the 2011-2012 school year, students and teachers alike began enthusiastically fol­lowing a new schedule, which the administration had been planning and contemplating for years. The foreign 75-minute block periods and erratic class sequencing re­quired some adjustments, but the School soon completed a smooth transition. Although most of the schedule changes have been re­ceived positively, we at the Ultra­Violet believe that student athletes are at a serious disadvantage.

With the current schedule, classes are permanently assigned to either the morning or the after­noon of certain days of the week, such that Monday mornings always begin with either C or B period and Friday afternoons always end with either H or I period, for exam­ple. On Tuesdays and Thursdays student athletes often have to leave School early for games. Because Tuesdays always end with F or G period and Thursdays always end with B or C period, athletes miss these classes almost every week. Furthermore, because the class pe­riods are now so long, if you miss one or two class periods, there is an immense amount of material to make up.

How can a student enjoy her Contemporary Poetry English elec­tive when she’s constantly missing class for water polo games? How can a girl stay on track in her Alge­bra II Trigonometry Honors class when she’s absent for every other period to catch the bus heading to a basketball tournament?

Marlborough has instilled in us an ambition to strive for excellence in everything we do, yet how can we achieve our best in a passion, like sports, and reach our potential academically when the two activities conflict so often? We feel the new schedule has accomplished more good than bad; however, we propose a more frequent rotation of the schedule to avoid these repeti­tions. The School should also com­municate with the Athletics Depart­ment and try to negotiate ways in which student athletes wouldn’t have to leave School early so fre­quently.

Now that we have lived with this schedule for a year and learned about its many advantages and occasional drawbacks, we should think about what alterations are necessary for next year. Allowing for increased variety in which pe­riods bear the brunt athletic ab­sences wouldn’t cause too much of an uproar. We understand this pro­cess is an extensive and trying one, yet we still believe student athletes have a right to know what’s going on in class.­

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    PamApr 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    This is a scheduling challenge at schools across the country, yet appears to be one experienced only by athletes and not be actors, artists, or community “servants.” Appropriate athletic scheduling requires cooperation among competing schools, as well as cooperation within the individual school concerned. Marlborough can lead the dialogue among its peers in exploring and identifying solutions for ensuring that that the scheduling of athletic competitions is integrated within the academic program and that the era of students being forced to choose between class participation and team participation become but a memory. I trust Marlborough will meet this challenge with its usual enthusiastic and innovative style.