By Susan Winlow
“Oh, wait. Lunch is over.”
That one exclamation Wednesday from a group of high school freshman that included Alondra Chavez, 13, and her friends Sara Hobson, 14, and Adriel Ceja, 14, as they scrambled to join classmates heading back to their classes, kind of punctuated one of the differences between the dual enrollment Early College High School program and traditional high school.
No bells. No bells in the adult world to remind students to hurry up or they will be late. No bells to say, “Oops, you’re already late.” No bells equals another step in responsibility and time management for these students who took a leap straight from middle school to Solano Community College and the Early College High School program rolled out this year by the Fairfield-Suisun School District.