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Struggles of the shuttles

Added pressures on freshmen shuttling to main campus
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Sofía Exposito
For the past couple of years, the CHS9 shuttle to CHS has been posing many problems for many freshmen students. The Sidekick staff writer Elizabeth De Santiago addresses the issues that the shuttle brings to students daily and how this problem should be resolved in the future.

Five minutes prior to the bell, CHS9 students speed walk through the hallways carrying color guard rifles, various types of band instruments and bags stuffed full of athletic equipment. 

Outside, a yellow school bus is waiting to transport them three miles away to Coppell High School. The ride should take around eight minutes, but with traffic and construction delays, the ride can sometimes take up to 15 minutes.

CHS follows a strict schedule with every minute of the school day planned out with 90-minute classes. CHS9 Algebra I/Geometry teacher Shane Knights notices how difficult shuttling can be for students and teachers alike.

“Things go out of plan when you have to deal with people who have to shuttle in or shuttle out.” Knights said. “If you’re shuttling in, then you probably get caught up in traffic on Denton Tap and Belt Line, so you lose a lot of time at the beginning of class. If you shuttle at the end of class, you are missing out on the exit ticket and important reminders from the teacher.”

Those first and last five minutes of class are crucial for students. Teachers often use that time to review or announce extra updates about assignments and upcoming tests. For freshmen who shuttle, missing this information can leave them in the dark, making it even more stressful to keep up with their classes. 

It can be especially difficult to squeeze in tutoring sessions before school or after school if students need help for classes at CHS because they do not have time to catch a shuttle bus. 

Andrea Voelker is the only Chinese teacher in Coppell ISD, and her Chinese I class is predominantly freshmen students. Getting these students the help they need is a difficult task for teachers. 

“It does get hard if they do not come early in the morning, I have no other way to tutor with them,” Voelker said. 

Although it is difficult, freshmen typically only shuttle for one year of high school. Having classes at CHS helps students build connections with people that they wouldn’t otherwise interact with. 

“It’s a good chance for them to come to the big campus and not only be in classes with freshmen,”  Voelker said.

Freshman Charvi Vohra starts her B days at CHS for band class and shuttles back to CHS9 afterwards for the rest of her day. When shuttles depart late from CHS, communication is key to making sure things go back to running smoothly. 

“It’s been happening recently that the shuttles are late and class would start without us,” Vohra said. “Usually our band directors will send out an email telling our teachers the shuttle is going to be late.”

According to Coppell High School Principal Laura Springer, shuttles have been better this year with less construction on the bus routes, but there is no perfect solution to the problem of getting students to class on time.

“We can plan 1,000 ways to get those shuttles here on time, but you don’t know what the traffic is going to be on any given day,” Springer said. “It’s just hard. We are doing the best we can with what we got.” 

With shuttle buses being so hectic for everyone, administrators, students and teachers alike have to work hard to ensure that the shuttle system runs smoothly.

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Elizabeth De Santiago, Staff Writer
Elizabeth De Santiago is a sophomore and first year staff writer. Outside of The Sidekick she likes to play the piano, listen to obscure music genres, and draw. She joined The Sidekick because she enjoyed writing short stories from a young age and admired the environment of the staff. She is a big fan of the Premier League and a fan of Manchester City. Elizabeth has two french bulldogs. Frye and Boo, who are 3 and 1 years old. She is typically found listening to Twenty One Pilots, Mitski, Pierce the Veil, Trippie Redd, Awich, Underscores and Joji. She likes to research and study fashion from Japan and France. Elizabeth would like to be a dermatologist or radiologist in the future. She has lived in Coppell her whole life and plans to stay in the Dallas area when She is older. Her favorite food is Calzones and her favorite place to eat is Chili’s. Elizabeth likes to shop at Forever 21, Hot Topic, Spencers, Boxlunch and Temu. Her usual Starbucks order is an iced chai tea latte with soy milk. She enjoys watching Boondocks, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Mean Girls. Elizabeth’s favorite place she’s traveled to is Disney World and dreams of traveling to Japan and Bora Bora. She is taking Chinese II and graphic design I. She has one younger brother named Matthew who is in 6th grade at Coppell Middle School North. Elizabeth attended Town Center Elementary School and Coppell Middle School North. You can contact her by email at [email protected].com.
Sofía Exposito, Staff Designer

Sofia Exposito is a sophomore and staff designer for The Sidekick. Five years ago, Sofia moved to Coppell, Texas from Venezuela, as her relatives reside here. Although English isn’t her first language, Sofia was able to pick it up quickly upon her move, taking only about one or two years. She adores drawing and spends most of her time sketching and creating designs and cartoons whenever she can. Her love for drawing has only grown over the years as Sofia aspires to be an animator and work for a large animation company one day. Some of her favorite animated movies are Spirited Away and Totoro as she’s a huge Studio Ghibli fan, and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. She's an extrovert and loves to involve herself in conversation with new people, especially about things she’s very interested in. She loves the beach and swimming due to the beautiful sunset scenery. Her favorite foods include: anything chocolate, but mostly M&M’s, which are perfection in her eyes, and McDonalds. Contact her at [email protected], or on Instagram (@sofiaexpriv).

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