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Lunch Period Extension Coming Second Semester

Steven Shifflett, Reporter

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One of the most debated topics during the first semester was whether or not the CHS administration would extend the lunch period.

The good thing for students that all have the same feelings towards this controversial issue is that, thanks to detailed research by principal Edward Owusu and the administration team, and the Student Government Association (SGA), a big change is coming next semester.

“Lunch will be extended by seven minutes starting in the second semester and every class will be one minute shorter,” SGA President Jared Lee said. “This will help students seek academic assistance during lunch.”

Earlier this school year, Owusu received survey results from staff and students to determine the potential improvements created by the extension of the lunch period. After analyzing the data, the change was announced last week during advisory.

It is now official, and a longer lunch is less than two months away. In addition to the extension, a new bell will ring halfway through lunch to remind students that if they have teachers to see or work to complete, they should do it then.

“My hope is that kids will have more time to get work done instead of taking several days to complete it which usually ends up in tests scores lowering,” SGA sponsor Lory Gardner said.

The lunch period was once 45 minutes long from the opening of the school in 2006 until 2015. Since then, lunch has been only 34 minutes, which has kept many students from having time to eat a meal as well asand see teachers or meet with clubs and organizations.

Ever since the 2015-2016 school year, the CHS lunch period has been shorter than most other MCPS schools due to a high number of student altercations during lunch. The point of this adjustment was to avoid these issues and administration believed that a shorter lunch would achieve that.

“If lunch were to be extended it would benefit me because I could eat, socialize more, and get more work done,” senior Stephan Hamilton said.

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