Picture this: Class has just ended and you have five minutes to get to your next class. Seems easy, right? Well it would be easy if you didn’t attend a school with one-way hallways. One-way hallways turn a one-minute trip to class into a five-minute trip around the school.
One-way hallways are designed to help traffic flow during transitions.
“Initially the one-way started because of Covid,” according to Sparkman 9 Principal Marcia McCants. “It brings order.” And Mrs. McCants feels that students need order to successfully navigate through the school day.
Another reason one-way hallways are beneficial is because they keep students from running into each other. This leads to less unwanted collisions therefore less fights. School runs a lot smoother when students are not battling each other for room in the hallways.
“The one-way hallways prevent physical altercation, so people have no head on contact,” stated Sparkman 9 Assistant Principal Ryan Flowers. Assistant Principal Flowers wants to remind students that “we want to avoid that at all costs.”
Although school administration only sees the positives in utilizing one-way hallways, students differ in their opinion.
“I think [one-way hallways] causes a lot of problems like collisions and going the wrong way,” says Christian Badger, S9 student.
While one-way hallways may be beneficial in some ways; they can also be cumbersome. Luckily for Sparkman 9 they seem to be working fairly well.
“I like them but they take some getting used to,” said S9 student Logan Hocken.