Last Minute Schedule Changes
BY TOBIAS WILLIAMS ON JANUARY 16 2014
The new semester brings changes in classes, classmates and teachers but usually no changes to schedules. If students wants to change any part of their schedule they would do it in the first five days of school, and after those five days the schedule cannot be changed.
“The only reason a student should need a schedule change is if they had something incorrect on the schedule,” counselor Paige Fuqua said.
There are some circumstances where the counselors may change schedules if a students does not have a class during a period.
“There are not as many students coming in to change their schedule as there have been in the past,” Fuqua said.
Fuqua does believe the Powerschool system messed up the schedules, especially from the beginning of the year until now. The old system NC Wise had all the information with classes but when the county switched to the Powerschool system some things did not transfer like they were supposed to. That is why a lot of students had problems with their schedules in the beginning of the year. The last minute schedule second semester changes does not affect the Powerschool system.
There are mixed feelings on how many students are coming to student services and wanting to change their schedules for the second semester.
“ Changing students’ schedule for second semester is impossible right now,”Pam Taft said.
The counselors have a master schedule to go by that is why it is difficult to change classes at the last minute. Taft has had students come to students services saying they already wanted to drop the class when they signed up for it.
“When signing up for classes make sure you like the class”, Taft said
Senior Deasia Brown tried to get her schedule changed in the beginning of the year.
“ My counselor said she will give me the information later for me to change and drop my classes”, Brown said.
Brown only needed two classes for the second semester. That is why she wanted to drop and change her classes because she has enough credits. Brown did get her classes dropped for the second semester.
Then there are mutual feelings on how the Powerschool system messed up student schedules.
“Yes, the Powerschool system has messed up student schedules but it is new. We are working towards to make it better and work more smoothly,” counselor Chynna Grady said.
Students we the counselors cannot change your schedules because you do not like the teacher that is teaching the class. Grady does feel there is not as many students coming to the counselors wanting to change their schedules.
“There is about 30% less students coming to change schedules,” Grady said.
Schedule changes are essential and should not be taken lightly. When you go to change your schedule it should be for a valid reason.