Are Blue Passes Too Good to be True?


Created by Taylor Petrofski on November 30, 2021.

A few weeks ago, select Lambert students received a “blue pass” that recruited them to participate in an intensive interview about the school.

The blue pass was delivered to students across all grade levels that teachers recommended as students believed to give valuable feedback about Lambert. The blue slip of paper was ambiguous, ordering students to meet in a specific room at a particular time. Four or five other Longhorns accompanied students to encourage a small group discussion about LHS and Forsyth County. Led by two teachers with a list of questions and a transcription device, students had an hour to respond with their thoughts. 

  •  “What do you like about Lambert?”
  • “Do you feel you have someone to talk to in the school if there was an issue?”
  • “If you could change something about our school, what would you change?”
  • “Do you think your teachers’ lesson plans are helpful?”
  • “Do you feel included in a part of the school?”

These were some of the questions students were asked in this survey. Answers ranged from “I love Lambert!” to “Can we have school four days a week instead of five?” Some students mentioned returning block periods every day instead of the current hybrid schedule, while others discussed the role of Lambert’s therapy dogs.

However, one essential question remains. Will the feedback be used?

Olivia Ray is a sophomore who participated in this event. She mentioned how she thought the entire process was quite bizarre. 

“I was honestly scared at first,” Ray stated. “I thought I was in trouble, and I had no idea why I was supposed to go to this room.”

However, after she realized what this event was, she enjoyed the opportunity to voice her opinions about the school. 

“It was nice to be heard and get things off your chest,” Ray shared. “But I’m not sure they’re going to do much about what we said.”

Ray explained that a student expressed a genuine concern that the teacher interviewing promised would be addressed immediately in her group. However, the student said the issue still hasn’t been resolved. 

“If they actually do something with our feedback, this will have been worth it,” Ray said. “I just have a feeling this may not go anywhere.”

It’s far too soon to judge if the students’ opinions were taken into consideration, but it’ll be interesting to see what happens in the future. Will the everyday block schedule return? Will teachers implement new teaching strategies? Will we only have school four days a week? Only time will tell.