Let’s Do Lunch, Off Campus
At New Town High School, students are not allowed to leave school grounds during their lunch periods. That rule needs to change. Juniors and seniors should be allowed to leave school to purchase whatever they want to eat for lunch, as long as they’re back in time for class.
The unappetizing chicken patties and half cooked pizza served during lunch already tempts students to walk across the street to McDonalds; so, why not just let them go? Most teachers are concerned about students getting hurt, or question the trustworthiness of students. Well, since open lunches would apply to juniors and seniors, those issues should not happen often.
Upperclassmen are mature and responsible enough to walk across the street and get lunch. It’s not like they are driving to New York and back. Most of the students in the class of 2012 and 2013 are mature, but for those who aren’t, they just simply won’t be allowed to leave. If someone wants to act up in school or gets in trouble consistently, then they can stay with the freshman and sophomores and have lunch in the cafeteria.
Letting students leave for lunch will teach them responsibility and provide them an opportunity to learn to manage their time. Also, instead of having three lunches, there could just be two. This would lead to less confusion in the cafeteria and reduced workload for the cafeteria ladies as well as the custodians. Not having to worry about the juniors and seniors will also make completing schedules easier. If teachers and other staff are worried about students not coming back to school after lunch or worried about their safety, a contract requiring a parent’s signature should be handed out in the beginning of the year, just like
what is done for the handbook.
Students who want to leave would have to take home a contract and get it signed by their parent. Students and the principal would also have to sign the contract. If students are under a contract, then if they decide to skip school or class, the open lunch privilege would be suspended or taken away.
If New Town enforces the policy, then off campus lunch won’t be a big deal for juniors and seniors.