Eye of the Editors: Counterintuitive health measures

The layout for West Coast schools is a dream: spacious, outdoor settings that permit students to stretch their legs and soak up the sun before attending their next grueling lecture. And, with its modernized facilities and architecture, Diamond Bar High School easily fits into this narrative. Although its aesthetic appeal may hit the mark, the school’s overall functionality draws concerns. 

While most are aware of the overcrowding that takes place within the DBHS halls, this problem has only been exacerbated by the blockage of certain pathways from construction. With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, it’s imperative that such discrepancies be addressed, especially considering its occurrence outdoors where mask usage isn’t required. 

Additionally, the ongoing construction has invaded space for many extracurriculars, particularly our color guard team. In the past, the guard has had the entire backlot space to rehearse; Now, the group is confined to a much smaller area, putting them at a disadvantage compared to other sports, like football, that are left undisturbed.

An even larger issue presented by DBHS’ current layout is its inaccessibility for students with disabilities. Some may argue that our school provides assistance for those who are unable to walk up stairs because of the elevators on campus, however these facilities require staff approval in order to be accessed. 

While such protocols ensure these devices are not abused by those who don’t need them, they end up inconveniencing those who do. 

For students who may be on crutches, walking around school with a backpack is challenging enough. Add in the stress of having to track down staff as soon as the bell rings, and it may seem pointless to even try making it to class on time. While such students’ tardiness can often be excused, this cannot make up for time they could’ve spent learning new material or even taking an exam. 

Elevator accessibility aside, students with disabilities are also provided with ramps on campus. Although their inclusion is a step in the right direction, these ramps are located toward the front and back entrances of the school, with faster and more convenient routes being ridden with stairs.

Overall, the school continues to appeal to students with promises of newer classrooms and the upkeep of a visually pleasing campus. Despite its superficial charm, DBHS’ campus continues to be both restrictive to students with disabilities and hazardous in light of the pandemic.