Comic 1247 - Important Message

13th Mar 2020, 9:00 AM in Ch. 39 - The Aftermath
Important Message
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Jocelyn 13th Mar 2020, 9:00 AM edit delete
I am all about any pages focused on Chanel and Maria doing literally anything together. With them being separated lately (since Maria's expulsion), I haven't had that chance as much in a while. They did finally get to see each other at prom, though, where they exchanged numbers so they could keep in touch again. And now, the first day back at school after prom, we see them being cute at each other once again, even if it has to be from different schools.

Incidentally, I could be mistaken but I think this might be the first time I've ever shown the inside of Centerville High (Maria's new public school, and also the one Ky attends). Enjoy some weird bronze-colored walls. XD

Anyway, they may have the means to contact one another, but that doesn't mean their schedules will perfectly align. If I remember correctly from my high school experience, my schools had nine periods in the school day, and lunch could be anywhere from fourth to seventh period. I've never established exactly which period Rain and her friends have lunch, but I guess it doesn't line up to Maria's new lunchtime. Whoops. ^^;

Maybe we'll see some more Maria later. :)

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Neelix 13th Mar 2020, 9:45 AM edit delete reply
None of the schools I ever attended (here in Australia) ever had more than one lunch break which was the same for all students. (though the exact time may have varied between schools now that I think about it) I first encountered this idea of a school having more than one lunch break while reading EGS, and it was a definite "Wait what?" moment for me. Even now, the very concept strikes me as bizarre.
Anastasia 13th Mar 2020, 10:10 AM edit delete reply
My high school had 3800+ students, so it was necessary to split us into four groups for lunch.
Potatopalooza 13th Mar 2020, 5:49 PM edit delete reply
Schools in the US can have very large numbers of students (student overpopulation is a serious problem), so it's very common to split them up into multiple lunch periods just to make it manageable and not some sort of logistic nightmare. My own high school had between 1200 and 1500 students, depending on the number of incoming Freshmen and outgoing Seniors (and it's only a *middle-sized* school), so lunch was split into three 20-minute periods, and it was STILL a major hassle for all involved.
erica jane 16th Mar 2020, 10:09 AM edit delete reply
I used to teach English at the Middle School level. I had 5 classes a day. On average I had 40 kids at 30 desks (that included mine) sharing 25 textbooks. Some classes were worse, some better. The day I quit, was the day I was walking out to the parking lot with our Principal. He just couldn't stop telling me how his bonus for the year had paid for his brand new BMW X5. While I'm begging the legal firm my girlfriend works at for legal pads & pens so my kids who don't have, and will never be able to afford, school supplies can have some.

Richest country on Earth, my ass.
bgb16999 13th Mar 2020, 6:36 PM edit delete reply
Some school administrators in the U.S. have this weird notion that once someone eats food in a room, then it is forever after impossible for anyone to learn in that room. They don't want students eating lunch in the same rooms where they have classes. Hence, a lot of high schools in the U.S. have a cafeteria which isn't used for anything but lunch, and require all students to eat lunch there. American schools are underfunded, so they can only afford one cafeteria. The problem, as Anastasia noted above, is that you can't fit every student into the same room at the same time. The workaround many schools use is to make students eat lunch at different times.

My high school had a much better way of handling things. Everyone ate lunch at the same time (noon), but we were allowed to eat anywhere in the building (with a few exceptions). We didn't all fit in one room, but we didn't have to.
Neelix 16th Mar 2020, 5:45 AM edit delete reply
Heh... Come to that, not one of the schools that I attended had a cafeteria. Unless it was raining everyone had to go outside for lunch, (which in most cases had to be brought from home) and even then staying indoors was discouraged if there were undercover areas you could be occupying outside.
drs 15th Mar 2020, 2:35 PM edit delete reply
My Chicago school had 3500 students, 4 lunch areas each with their own kitchen, and 4 40-minute class periods (out of 9?) that might be assigned as your lunch. The areas were used as study period and homeroom areas as well, so it wasn't wasted space outside of lunch.

We also had some freedom to leave the building and grounds, though I think if you didn't have a car there weren't many places you could get to and back. This around 1990, before some of the more paranoid school security measures.

Benefits of being a big school: it was a top magnet school, with good lab equipment and a kickass library, bigger than some city branch libraries I've seen, and with its own microfiche collection of newspaper archives.

Downside: 40 minute public transit commute, whereas I lived within 5 minute walk of two high schools, one of which had its own good reputation.
Guest 13th Mar 2020, 10:38 AM edit delete reply
Hey Jocelyn you forgot a question mark at the end of "Is my class not interesting enough for you, Ms Strongwell."

I agree with you about savouring MarNel content when it happens. I instinctively looked for Maria in the first panel of "Over the Moon" before remembering that she is no longer part of our core group (at least in terms of physical proximity).
Sage 13th Mar 2020, 8:46 PM edit delete reply
Nope, it's just fine without the question mark - it's common practice in fiction writing to use a period-ended question to signify a flat tone (that is, a question delivered without the upward shift at the end that ? usually signifies). Here it likely means the teacher is being both dryly sarcastic and firm.
Guest 13th Mar 2020, 10:59 AM edit delete reply
Didn't you show it once during a Rain Delay?
bgb16999 13th Mar 2020, 6:38 PM edit delete reply
Rain Delay 16 shows Ky inside Centerville High School.
Gigglebox 13th Mar 2020, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
I believe that paint color is "Day Old Mustard"
Drake Zephyr 14th Mar 2020, 12:31 AM edit delete reply
Drake Zephyr
Nice cute and casual seen to cool down from the last few pages. I like it.
Sine 14th Mar 2020, 3:16 AM edit delete reply
In the UK, lunches are pretty standardized. All that happens is they rotate year group order. (Enjoy being last with 20minutes left and the ....choice... Left over).

Also, a lot of places will double up a PE/sports hall with a dining hall. Ours had fully marked out indoor football pitch (and basketball hoops) and a kitchen behind some doors at the end.
Minim 14th Mar 2020, 8:03 PM edit delete reply
I'm from the UK too, and our lunchtimes were always at the same time except for at my sixth form (which was a rather large one to be fair).
Melissa 15th Mar 2020, 9:05 PM edit delete reply
I always find it interesting hearing about different school schedules.

In my high school, we had had 2, 65 minute, classes, with 15 minutes for home room (where attendance was taken) between them, 65 minutes for lunch, then 2 more classes.

We took 6-8 classes per year (in grade 11 we were allowed 1 spare, and in grade 12 and OAC we were allowed 2), and had a 4 day schedule. Days 1 and 3 were the same classes, but periods 2 & 4 swapped, and the same for days 2 & 4.

In grade 12, my spares were Day 1, periods 3 & 4, and Day 3, periods 2 & 3, so 1 day in 4, I had the afternoon off. It sucked having to go for 1st and last period the other day, though. At least I lived nearby, so I could go home.

Then, in OAC, they were Day 2, periods 1 and 3, and Day 4, periods 1 & 2. And by then, I was 18, so I was allowed to sign myself in after lunch.
Remi 16th Mar 2020, 7:34 AM edit delete reply
Back in high school I had two 50-minute classes then a 15-minute break, followed by another two 50-minute classes, then a 45-minute lunch break, then "pastoral" time for about 20-30 minutes (that was used for assemblies, house stuff, and chapel which we were all forced to go to). The day was then finished off by another 50-minute class.
Yeah...a private religious all-boys high school was not a good place for a deep-in-denial trans girl to be.
Aemetta 8th Apr 2021, 9:59 PM edit delete reply
Maria's phone looks a bit modern for 2013
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