By Kaitlyn Booker
A lot of students don’t like school lunches. Not because the ladies that make the lunches aren’t good cooks, but because of all of the limitations they have on what they can use to season the food, and what all they’re allowed to put in it. Due to this, many students prefer to bring their lunches from home or not even eat at all. I’m sure most of us have wanted to leave, on more than one occasion, to go to McDonald’s or Chick-fil-a for lunch. Other schools get to do it, so why don’t we?
Some advantages for being able to leave campus for lunch would be:
- It’s food that students would actually love to eat! Teens love fast food and being able to choose where they go and what they want.
- Students wouldn’t have to be confined to a crowded and loud lunchroom.
- Also, it would be nice to have a small break from school.
In researching lunch procedures at other high schools across the country, there are many good ideas that seem reasonable. For example, at one school you have to apply for an off-campus lunch pass. If you get (and keep) the pass, it is based on:
- acceptable conduct
- you must be a junior or senior with the appropriate credits
- good academic standing
- the parents have to sign a form stating their child is allowed to go off campus for lunch, and the school is not responsible for any injuries that occur
- the pass itself is $10, and it is the same price to replace a lost or stolen one
This is an example of a Parent’s Consent Form used at another high school.
Again, this is just an example and not a form we’ll be using at Foley High School.
Students must have their pass on them at all times during school hours and are not allowed to leave campus for lunch without it. Students without the passes are not permitted to go with them, and they’re not allowed to bring food back for them.
Students must show their passes to teachers or principals at the exit.
In a conversation with Mr. Akins, our newest assistant principal, he told me his views on why we are not able to leave campus for lunch.
First of all, once students are off campus, they’re less likely to come back on time or at all.
Second, accountability is a big problem. For example, if there were ever a fire or emergency at the school, they won’t know where you are. If you’re their responsibility during the school day, they would be liable if a student got hurt.
Finally, it could be a loss of money for the school. The cafeteria could never really predict how many people would be eating and therefore, they could make too much food and have to throw it out or not make enough and not be able to feed everyone.
Also, a lot of people at this school are on free or reduced lunch, and once the students that pay start going somewhere else to eat, it will be harder to pay for the food to feed everyone else that stays here for lunch.
Maybe one day the rule will change, but for now we have to learn to be happy with what we have here on campus.
If you have any opinions or questions, please feel free to leave a comment and tell us what you think.