Should Students Be Allowed to Leave School During Lunch?

Amaya Binns, Editor

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A well-known problem among students (specifically seniors) is their apparent ability to leave school during lunch. The conflict seemed to be between students wanting to leave off campus during lunch but administrators not allowing it. Many students thought it was unfair and didn’t see the point of not letting them leave during lunch. So, I tried to tackle this debacle and get both viewpoints of the problem.

I asked both administrators and students a series of questions that had both shocking and predictable answers. When asking seniors how they felt about students leaving school during lunch. Of course they gave answers in favor. “Hell yeah! It’s Gucci,” by senior David Park.

Other seniors like Lezette De Paz gave more elaborate answers, saying, “I think it should be allowed. I think there should be a program that should be enacted that if you have a GPA of 3.0 and higher and have at least taken two AP’s you should be allowed to leave campus.” I think with this insight Lezette was trying to hint at was for some who have this GPA would obviously mean they’re taking their classes seriously because their grades are an important component to them and taking AP’s would be an additional measure.

I asked students what reactions they expected out of administrators if students were allowed to leave campus. Senior Sandy Martinez responded, “Kids will ditch and the school gets paid for attendance so they need them here.”

Getting administrators view on the same questions their answers were shocking starting off with Ms. Scheckel answering, “I would like to see the students go off campus but I think lunch should be longer. Maybe we could enact a special hole in the ID cards that would be triggered for off campus privileges,” and Ms. Rizzo saying she also thought it was a good idea because of “our limited food options but unfortunately some students are not following rules and leaving without coming back.”

Both parties had concerns, fears and solutions for the safety for our students. Some students drive and if they happened to get in an accident the school could be liable, there could be many tardies or absences in classes, parents could sign a waiver to let students leave and if they received three tardies or more their privileges could be revoked. I’d say that’s a fair compromise.

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