Eastern High School track open to public?

Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:I think one of the concerns is that when they leave facilities open to the public, items that are say, not appropriate for students to see, are left and discovered by students/school employees in the morning. My understanding is that it's less of a purposeful exclusion of the community and more a necessity to keep the track safe for students.


This doesn't even make sense. So between 4:45 and dusk (which is 4:45 in the winter and latest 9:00 in summer) people using drugs and having sex flock to the Eastern track to do their business? Come on. You don't believe that do you? Eastern is just doing what Easteen does-- pretending they don't have to follow the rules.

Cue Word Salads entrance to scream "stroller brigade!"
Anonymous
My guess is that it has less to do with what people are doing during that short window than when someone is around to lock the gates, etc. This seems to be the issue with a lot of DCPS facilities (playgrounds, etc.) - they have to hire someone to come and lock the gates at sundown, kick people out, etc. and it's not feasible logistically without additional resources. I think it would be possible to keep the facilities open, but they would need more $ to hire people to manage the use by the public during these hours.
Anonymous
Students and teachers are in the facilities between 4:45 and dusk, so there already is someone there to lock up at dusk. We live across from a DCPS elementary and it is locked up between 7-8pm nightly.

Eastern is just acting like they don't have to be part of the neighborhood. No wonder the neighborhood has no idea what the school is actually like other than the random groups of not so wonderful teens hanging out in front of the bus stops and corner market.
Anonymous
The track does not need to be open to the public 24-7. The track is open to the public during certain times but at a school's discretion they can and will impose closed practices and performances. I would check with school's athletic director Dr. Briscoe at 202-698-4500, she's very accommodating and with being a former DCPS Athletic Director very well versed in the guidelines necessitated facility usage.

When school is not in session, then that means the custodian crew is not fully staff. So when the school is not in session then portions of the school is not operational. It wouldn't be fair to have the stadium open/used/trashed when the custodial staff is off or less than fully operational.


Anonymous
I, as well as several others, use the track at Coolidge in the evenings on a regular basis. If not being used by the students, the track at a public high school should be available for use by others during reasonable hours.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:I, as well as several others, use the track at Coolidge in the evenings on a regular basis. If not being used by the students, the track at a public high school should be available for use by others during reasonable hours.


Agree. But it took quite a few months of advocacy by people in the neighborhood a few years back, to make it available.
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