Tuesday, July 18, 2023

School Bells

How many of us live near a school, and we hear the school bells all the time. I understand that during the school year, the bells let the staff and students know what is happening at the various times. What I don’t understand is when the school is closed for summer vacation for two months, why the school’s bells continue to ring.

For the last few years, I have emailed our local school board asking that the bells be silenced while the school isn’t in session. Normally it happens quickly, and it means for a nice relaxing time sitting on the balcony or even in our apartment unit when we have the windows open. I wonder how loud the sound is for the people that live right next to the school because we can hear it without any problems as it is fairly loud. We don't live directly beside the school, as we have apartment complexes between us.

For those of you that don’t live near a school I would say to consider yourself lucky because when the weather is warm, and you want to ensure some fresh air coming into your home you really don’t want to listen to school bells all the time. I haven’t counted how many times the bells sound in a day, but I do know that even before 9 am I have heard 3 bells, so we probably hear a school bell ring at least 12 times a day and yes it gets to be a lot, especially when your windows are open.

So, to all those school boards out there, please remember that when the school is closed for a summer vacation, maybe turn off the bells. I don’t think the students want to be reminded about school every weekday while they are off, and the rest of us also don’t want to hear the school bells ring when the students are in attendance.

It is now time for me to try and get a bit more work done and yes, the alarm bells are still ringing, but hopefully by the time this blog is posted they will have been silenced for just over a week. Enjoy the summer and remember before long the school bells will be ringing again because the students will be back for another year.


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