The lunch period at Berlin does not allow enough time for students to travel to Somerset to get something to eat, but nevertheless, I think students should be allowed to leave the school for lunch. Not only do we have to sit in a classroom all day, but we also have to put up with the ridiculous lunches as well. The reasons that students should eat on campus are off-campus eating would lengthen the school day, to strengthen good food choices, and the number of restaurants needed to serve the student body. It increases the chances of teens getting into accidents. They would be more awake and attentive for their last two classes. A student should be in the classroom learning in an academic environment during school hours.
They would most likely head straight to their regular extra-large, extra cheesy cheese burger or their bacon egg and cheese from the corner store. Imagine being a parent and thinking your child is at school, just to get a call that they got hurt- off campus. If students disobeyed the rules of when they should be back, they could take away the privilege or give punishment. From being physically assaulted to possibly being hit by a vehicle, letting them out would literally put them at risk. Should students be allowed to leave school for lunch? But students are not leaving campus for healthier options like Metro Fresh or Kale Me Crazy. Contention 2: Off-campus passes can be used as an incentive and motivator for students to earn good grades, make wise choices and maintain exceptional behavior. As adult as we want to be and seem to look, we are still not since that is the reason we are in education.
According to Forbes, the average wait time at a fast food restaurant is three minutes. Students could go out to lunch with their parents or drive somewhere with their friends. Neither of those are practical, so the best option is to have better school lunch. If off-campus lunch was reinstated then one idea could be a consent form that has to be signed stating that the school would not have any responsibility for what happens off of school grounds. A majority of high schools serve and offer various meals each day during the academic school year, and some high schools even have monthly calendars for what they plan to serve so students know ahead of time and have the option to bring a packed lunch or buy lunch. But with open campus lunch, parents would then have to wonder what their children during the given free period.
If the restaurant takes longer than students expect to serve their food, then they have to decide either to not eat lunch or be late for their next class, a lose-lose situation. If open campus is allowed, it is very possible that such freedom will make it all too easy for students to skip their afternoon classes. Also, there is the question of what other activities they might engage in during their time off campus. This is a common understanding because teachers are given a prep period and a lunch break because they need a break too. There are so many restaurants close to our school that students could go to: Tijuana Flats, McDonalds, Subway, Jamba Juice, Five Guys, Panera Bread, Olive Garden, or Pizza Hut, to name a few. Also, not all school lunches are the same, and some providers are poorly doing their job with how they cook and prepare their dishes. So when deciding these if kids should have school lunch, consider these things.
You won't want to miss out! If students fail to properly manage his or her time, he or she will suffer the consequences and lose the privilege of leaving campus during the day. Lastly, they would have more real life experience as mature adults. Many more students would skip class if they were actually granted permission to leave campus. Ringing, or whatever other sound it makes to signal … an incoming call. Lunch is the only time when I can be free and alone with my friends and have privacy! How many students will be able to get back on time, or even come back at all? High school students being aloud to leave school grounds for lunch is not a good idea.
Now, I know that we teenagers aren't always the sharpest crayons in the box, but, come on, there aren't that many choices on the McDonald's value meal menu. Having a sign-in and sign-out sheet or some type of waiver, on which students could sign out when they leave and then sign back in when they return, could be one solution. It helps students be papered! If a student were to steal, get in a fight, or engage in other illegal activities while off campus, the school is responsible for those actions. It would actually allow teens to eat healthier because they would have more time to go home and make a healthy meal. Some may be worried that students would be late and not come back to school, but leaving off campus would obviously be a privilege. They also would need to be back in time for oncoming classes.
Being able to leave for lunch would give us more options to eat what we want. Thus, students learn the importance of managing their time and shouldering the responsibility for their actions. That temptation is amplified when the freedom is staring us right in the face. It helps teens develop into mature adults. Cafeteria schools serve the same nasty food every week.
If students failed to return within the allotted time, privileges could be revoked. I made it back to school with ten minutes to spare, and the security guards would not let me back inside. A student with an off-campus pass might leave before a test, thereby avoiding the assessment. I feel that students would have a more positive outlook on the rest of the school day if they were given the opportunity to unwind, relax, and get away for a certain time period in a day. Our Proposition: Now our proposition would only be for seniors and juniors since they would have a way to leave and come back.