A quick summary of Student Council's Town Hall (Nov. 5).

The Student Council’s Town Hall on November 5 has been a productive forum in which students were able to honestly articulate their opinions on the current state of the school, ranging from policy on food ordering to the schedule system. Below are some concerns brought up by the students in attendance.

Contact time

It became apparent that the degree to which contact time activities are carried out by advisories varies dramatically. Multiple students stated that they wanted contact time to be spent more actively with engaging passion projects, but there was unanimous consensus that advisory time as work time is (generally) time well spent.

Grading systems

Students, as predicted, seemed to have strong opinions on this issue; the complaints reflected general dissatisfaction regarding recent changes in the grading system. Concerns were raised about the perceived effects of the grading system, namely the magnification of disadvantageous grades in the gradebook.

Food ordering policy

A student pointed out the need to clarify policy on food orders, pointing out a discrepancy between a statement by the administration and the KIS Student Handbook. The student stated that although the admin had announced last year that all food orders on campus by students during school hours would be prohibited, the Handbook maintains that food orders are allowed provided that a supervising teacher gives his or her approval. 

The schedule

The rotating schedule was criticized due to the fact that changes in the schedule for half days and other events set back progress made in class. A student noted that it was problematic that some blocks were well ahead in terms of learning of others.

Other assorted concerns

The students have agreed that they should be able to do anything they want (of course, as long as it is appropriate and in adherence to the Student Handbook and federal law), especially sleeping, during autonomous block.

Students had also brought up sports uniforms, notably the fact that their sizing is inconsistent and that their maintenance is insufficient. Specifically, the student athletes in attendance have complained that their uniforms, when they handed out at the beginning of the year, were frequently dirty, contained numerous holes and rips, and carried an unpleasant odor. 

Complaints were leveled at what many saw as “hypocritical” violation of the library’s ban on eating. Students noted that despite the fact that the library was designated (and heavily enforced) as a food-free zone, teachers would frequently eat in the library in direct violation of those rules.

Please address any comments or concerns to blueprint@kis.or.kr.

— William Cho (’21)