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Fall 2023
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Lunch A and Lunch B?

The Reason Behind Two Lunch Periods

by
Wendi Wood
and
Katarina Sansone-Vela
Fall 2023
's Top Story

Lunch A and Lunch B?

The Reason Behind Two Lunch Periods

by
Wendi Wood
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     With many new policies this school year, one that has caught the students' attention is split lunch. In previous years, we have had hour-long lunches, that were then cut to 45 minutes, and now are 30 minutes long. The addition of another lunch has also been implemented to split the student population between the buildings. Though this has caused confusion among students, there is reasonable cause to why they implemented this split lunch. After speaking to Principal Fancher, a valid explanation for splitting lunch was revealed.

     The big question is, "why is there split lunch"? According to Principal Fancher, split lunch was decided at the end of last year due to the number of students coming into the school. He explained that they wanted to act on split lunches this year so that next year it wouldn’t be as difficult to implement for the 400 or more students joining the school. Many students just aren't aware of how big the student population is. Currently we have over 2,300 students attending, which makes it difficult for full supervision of every student. Last year, when there was a full lunch, students were caught sneaking into buildings around the school.

     Another reason they decided on the split lunch is because not everybody was able to get food in time. As many remember last year, the lines were becoming out of control and having the split lunch makes it accessible for everybody to get lunch in time. The number of "stamped students" has significantly decreased and therefore many are no longer abusing the extended time given to those still in the lunch lines. This allows everyone to be in class on time.

The staff and admin all agree that they enjoyed the “one even break” between the school day, but there are certain issues in play that need to be considered. Fancher said himself "if he could find a way around the problems of a full lunch, he would be open to going back." Overall, the change is necessary.