Rantoul High looks to improve study halls
RANTOUL — After meeting as a group and reviewing data about study halls, the Rantoul Township High School leadership team has come to the conclusion that those 30-minute periods are not being used as effectively as they can be — by students or teachers.
"It's time that we could be using to provide interventions to students to give them more help," RTHS Principal Todd Wilson said. "It's something that we are looking at changing because we came to that reality that we have a 30-minute period during the day that is not effective for teachers and it's not effective for students."
School board member Tony McLain said his son Tanner would have struggled without study hall because of his participation in sports, and added that he hopes the leadership team will not eliminate study halls.
"We're not talking about taking away study hall," Wilson said. "We need to look at it, see what we can best use that time for and put some systems in place so that those expectations are met."
Wilson said the group identified apathy as one of the main causes of the problem.
"We have some very good people on this staff, but there are times when all of us become apathetic, and study hall is probably one of them," Wilson said.
"There are rules that should be enforced, but there is that attitude that study hall is a free time. You have student apathy that says, 'This is my down time, and I'm not going to do anything.'
"And you have teacher apathy that says, 'OK. This is their down time, and we're not going to push them.'"