SRT: Take it or Leave it?

By: Luke Roberts

Picture this: it’s the first day of school and you are new. You enter the doors into Covenant and hesitantly choose the left hallway to find your first class. As you walk by a couple people, you hear them talk about some “break time” on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You later find out in assembly that during those days there will be 40 minutes (except Wednesdays) for you to do basically do whatever you choose to do. Do homework, talk with others, find out how to survive at Covenant. You can’t help but feel happy that this school actually offers this amazing opportunity. Suddenly, you hear someone behind you grumble that they would rather leave school early and not have this long break. Later that day, you sit and ponder on what he said and whether this break time should have been implemented or not.

Now, upperclassmen may be thinking, “What are you talking about? Everyone loves SRT! It is one of our favorite things about this school!” You may be correct in stating these claims, but for there to be a clear evaluation of this topic, everyone needs to not only look at themselves but whether the school as a whole uses this time wisely to get work done. We obviously love to take breaks and talk to friends, but what else is going on during these 40 minutes? Keep in mind, this article is not against SRT, but instead analyzing it with an open mind perspective.  

These days, many students are eager to take a break from classes and just chill out with friends, even if they don’t need 40 minutes to do so. Student Resource Time — or as Covenant likes to call it, SRT — is a time for everyone to just refresh their brains and recharge their energy in the hopes that it will benefit the rest of the day. But there is always the question: Is SRT really necessary? For most students, their first answer is that SRT is necessary because it lets them get homework finished that they might not have finished the night before. Senior Olivia Kreiger says that SRT is a “great way for people to do homework, especially if they are in a sport or club.” This is a valid statement because at Covenant, students look for ways to get involved and be in a sport in order to grow their self-confidence and be part of a team. David Otieno, a varsity soccer player, stated that “I often see others not working on homework, but that is their choice. Overall, SRT gives people the freedom to choose whether they want to spend their time on the important things or not.” Since it is high school, the quality of your work is a reflection of what you put in, and this is directly related to how you spend your time during this break, regardless of the other commitments you have made.

Another important reason, as stated earlier, is that SRT is an opportunity for you, as a hard-working student (evident through your perfect grades), to relax if all your homework is done. Senior Landon Wall says, “It’s really just 50/50 for me. I will do homework but also hang out with friends at the same time. It really just depends on the day for me and whether I have stuff going on.” Junior Tom Nelson has a similar response: “SRT allows for people to not only relax and refresh, but also take a break from all of the classes and teaching that can become tiresome.” Both of these students consider SRT not only an educational opportunity but also a chance to take a nice breather before continuing onward into the school day.

Both of these reasons alone are enough to convince anyone that SRT is important to Covenant. But the other question that comes up when considering this topic is: If you could leave school 40 minutes early, how would you feel? Obviously, every student should say yes to this question because it would be awesome to leave school early regardless of the situation. But in this case, there comes a cost. Either you want those 40 minutes spent on going home and probably doing nothing, or you want those 40 minutes at the school working on homework that you forgot to do. “Although it would be nice to get out of school early every day, I think SRT should definitely be implemented,” says Landon Wall as he considers this “heavy” question.

Overall, SRT seems to be important to teachers and students at Covenant, even if many students do not seem to get a lot done during this time. It’s ultimately a time for students to interact with one another and be involved in clubs, eat food, and ask teachers for help. Going back to the beginning scenario, you finally decide as the new student to not question whether SRT should really stay or not, but how you can use that time effectively throughout your time at Covenant.