Should Students Have Open Campus Lunch Periods
In many countries around the world, open campus is an activity which is regularly practiced. The children, during times of recess or lunch breaks are allowed to eat lunch anywhere within the campus and outside the campus if they deem to do so. This allows the children the freedom to choose where they want to eat and what they want to eat either at their own homes or at a restaurant. Some countries offer as much as 2 hours of break for lunch such as in Spain and France. Other schools in some 3rd world countries like the Philippines only get two 15-min breaks and an hour for lunch break which makes it hard for children to eat outside because they would be too late for the next class. It becomes even tougher for some schools around the world due to the strict security and presence of teachers.
For the American standard, having open campus lunch breaks have its own benefits and downsides. Like every decision, open campus lunch breaks can offer a lot that would benefit the students and community. However, this also opens the possibility for mischief and school-cutting. In the end, the community must be integrated in creating certain rules and regulations in order to accommodate security issues and reducing bad influences on the kids’ capacity to disobey rules.
On the positive end, having breaks between classes is great, but having breaks off campus is even better. One major positive aspects about open campus lunch breaks is that it affords students the conveniences such as being able to eat a variety of meals during lunchtime. They can break their routine of dining and rather than the predictable cafeteria cuisine, they might as well go grab the opportunity to take a break at home.
On the other end, there are more reasons that might cause people to disagree with allowing high school students the privilege of an open campus. Indeed, it’s great deal if students have the capability to be able to escape school for a while. But sooner or later, this power of freedom can be abused and misused that the supposed time allotted for lunch break is influenced enough that may easily become the rest of the day.
There are more factors to consider in allowing students open campus lunch. unexpected problems such as heavy traffic, city bus delays or cars breaking down can easily arise and may prevent students from returning to school in the fastest manner. In a way, it benefits the students if they would prefer to stay in school during lunch hours in order to avoid tardiness and transportation issues.
Other schools and have innovated and have flexibly adjusted their regulations in order to provide policies that would benefit the students and school alike. They have managed to encourage students to decide properly on their preferences while maintaining the balance of freedom, and the act to be part of a fun environment, which is the school. They have made the school environment as more likeable than that of the outside influences near the campus. This can be achieved by culturally molding the individual and community to be part of a safe and encouraging environment for the children and adults alike.
The power of the students lie not in their capacity to remain as school-cattle but in their freedom to choose what they truly want to be. In the end, it is still up to their decision if they want to neglect education and go and learn more practical and useful knowledge that is now widely and freely available thanks to the internet, and other technological and system advancements. It is up to them where they want to eat and in what kind of environment.
I believe that students should be able to leave school grounds for lunch only if they have transportation and parental consent. Students should have an allotted time to return to school grounds, and be punished accordingly if they do not return at that time.
There are many students who have tried to put this in motion, but the schools won’t budge because of liability reasons. I believe that if there were a big enough petition then a school may actually consider allowing students to leave, but until then I personally do not see it happening.
By ELIZABETH PHILLIPS
Many students, especially high school students, would jump at the chance to leave school in the middle of the day for an off-campus lunch period, however living in a very rural area I think this idealistic lunch break causes more trouble than it is worth.
Even if I did attend a school in a more urban setting I think off-campus lunches can cause security issues and also practically enables students to be tardy to their following class or skip the rest of their classes altogether. It may be argued that that not eating from a school cafeteria may be healthier, but any student can still pack a lunch from home and the choices they make as to what they eat for lunch are always their own, therefore a “healthy” lunch can still be eaten in a traditional school cafeteria setting. For my school it’s not really even an option to have an off-campus lunch period and for other school for which it is an option I don’t think it’s a very practical one.
By TAYLOR BASINGER
You spend most of your day at school sitting in classes. When you have up to eight classes five days a week it starts to catch up to you and you need a break. This is a common understanding because teachers are given a prep period and a lunch break because they need a break too.
Lunch is always that break that students get, the only time of the day that you are allowed to hang out with your friends and just relax. I feel that students should be able to leave school property during the lunch break. In this area, it’s not a secret that schools in this area are smaller than those in a big city. Our schools cannot give as many options for lunch and limit what is available to us. Being able to leave for lunch would give us more options to eat what we want.
With all of this being said, this should be regulated. Not every high school student drives but the ones that do should be given the opportunity to leave for lunch. This also brings up the obstacle of students riding with other students. This should be regulated in case of any accidents and would need special permission. Students would also have to sign in and out to keep track of everyone. With this freedom there would obviously have to be some ground rules, like discipline action if students don’t return or abuse the power. 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.
By LIZ RYNIAK
Personally, I would absolutely adore leaving campus for lunch certain days but there are so many general “cons” to the situation. Mainly there is the issue of “school responsibility” and what I mean by that is that the school is expected to be, but just simply cannot be responsible for a said number of students leaving in the middle of the day and guarantee their safety while they are gone.
Daily we see abduction stories and fatal automobile accidents in the media and though we may feel that that situation may never occur in our lives each year, more than 5,000 teenagers die from car accidents, nearly 400,000 are seriously injured, and about 260,000 minors are abducted every year, so who’s to say that it could never happen to one of us? Another point relates to the responsibility of the students. How many students will be able to get back on time, or even come back at all? How can anyone guarantee that eating lunch and being responsible in general is what some of the students are truly doing? High school is about being independent, but is allowing students to leave campus midday giving them a little too much independence?
By LIZ HELMICK
Leaving school during lunchtime should be a reward for those students who do well and receive good grades. By offering this alternative, schools would be offering an incentive for students to achieve higher grades. Just as athletes must maintain a certain number of passing grades, students who are permitted to leave should have to maintain the same standard.
In order to allow students to leave school property, a time limit would have to be set. If students failed to return within the allotted time, privileges could be revoked. Parents should be able to decide if they want their child to be able to leave during lunch, and students could have the option of dining in the cafeteria or traveling to a local restaurant for their meals.
By allowing students to leave school during the lunchtime hours, schools would be offering pupils the freedom of being able to take a break from the day and have some free time with friends.
By KATRINA SPINELLI
I strongly believe students should be allowed to leave for lunch period. Having that extra 45 to 50 minutes could make a difference in catching up on work and/or getting something at home need at the school.
An argument could be posed that students would use this time inappropriately and/or not return. This is possible, however, high school students, though some do not, should have the responsibility to use the time effectively and return at the appropriate time. This “free time” could give students the option to choose the choice of food they wish to eat that day, or even save money and go home to make a meal. Students could make calls to parents or to their workplace, if needed, at this time as well. The lunch period could be used to get a break from the long stationary hours of the school day to relax in a personally better environment for the student. The ability to leave during the lunch period would be a useful addition to a high school education if used in a responsible manner.
By MARIA YODER
Being allowed to leave school over lunch period would require a lot of restrictions. Firstly a student should have parent/guardian consent if they are younger. This would verify that the parent knows the student will be leaving the school and that they will require supervision. They also would need to be back in time for oncoming classes. This wouldn’t work for all students considering that some live too far away to get back in the correct time frame and some wouldn’t have supervision due to working parents. However for the younger students that do live close and have parents at home it would be a nice opportunity to enjoy a meal with their family.
For older students who drive it’s fine for them to leave school property without adult supervision. Still if they are younger than 18 they should have parent consent. They need to be back in time for oncoming classes and like younger students they should have consequences if they aren’t.
By ELIZABETH HAY
When I watch movies showing high school students eating lunch at fast food places instead of at their cafeteria, I become jealous. Berlin does not have much to offer when it comes to fast-food restaurants, but I long for the chance to go to Subway for lunch. It’s not that I don’t like my school’s cafeteria food; I actually love it, but I would enjoy a little variety too.
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. My town is small enough that students who cannot drive could simply walk somewhere to buy food. I do not see a problem resulting from allowing students to have a choice in where they get their meals. As long as students make it back in time for their next class, there would be no disruption to their education.
By BRITTANY HOOVER
When I was younger, I would always see the seniors out at their cars in the parking lot, laying on their hoods and soaking up the sun. Their debonair and carefree ways always made me envious because they seemed so independent.
I would be so mad to see some of them randomly leave and come back (even though it’s against our school policy) seemingly whenever they wanted, as if they didn’t have anything to do during a school day. I think students who are of age 18 should be allowed to leave 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. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to leave and spend our money on something actually worth eating? As long as we sign a permission slip, allowing us to leave and to return at given times, I don’t see what the big deal is. Giving us a quid pro quo is showing the administration that if we do well in school, we get advantages by leaving for lunch, even if it’s only one day a week.
By TAYLOR CLARK
I think it would be essentially useless for students to leave school property over lunch. I might just be saying that because of where my school is located. If we were allowed to leave, we would not be able to get very far. Lunch is only about a half hour, and it would take longer than that to leave school, go get something to eat somewhere, and then come back.
However, if a school is located closer to a shopping center or restaurant, then I don’t see a problem with allowing students to leave property for lunch. There should definitely be restrictions on how far you may go and clear penalties if the students are not back to school on time for the next class.
By LAZAR LALONE
There is no feeling quite like the one students are overcome with when three meager chicken nuggets are placed upon their trays as they moves through the lunch line.
This feeling makes many desire a more delightful lunch-time experience, one off school grounds, with more appealing options. However, today, such a lunch is not feasible.
Due to the rural nature of Somerset County, residents must drive almost everywhere, which would drain precious chow time for students. And, by the time one signed out, left the parking lot, ate, and came back, lunch time would have to approach if not exceed an entire hour in length.
Mass-produced cafeteria food may not be the most delectable choice during lunch time, but it is the only food that can nourish an entire school quickly enough during the academic day. For those who suffer from the cafeteria food blues, packing is probably the best option.