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Controversy in the Cafeteria
February 20, 2020
CHS students have long bemoaned the current lunch period policies. A number of controversial solutions have been proposed over the last few years. The 2019-2020 Howl Staff came up with two ideas of their own; read about it below.
Why Clarksburg Students Need Open-lunch
CHS students have been waiting a long time to be rewarded with open-lunch and here’s why they should get it.
Most students do not enjoy the school lunch and they lack time in the mornings to make their own.
Senior Bailey Arensmeyer says that the school lunches are “not enjoyable” and he stopped buying lunch shortly after the first time he tried it. Arensmeyer later mentions that bunches of students leave anyways and if the school gives them open-lunch, they will not be at fault if something were to happen to a student that leaves. Currently, Arensmeyer explains that “the school is responsible for any incidents to a student who leaves campus.”
Another reason that students should be given open-lunch is that they have other responsibilities during the day.
Senior Max Bennett says that “many students have two parents that work and they have pets that need to be tended to.” Because the students do not have an open-lunch, their parents have to rush out of work to walk the dog or the poor animal will have to wait all day to eat any food or to even use the bathroom. If anyone really does care about their pets, think about how bad they would feel if their pet just laid at home all day, unable to see anyone or do anything until three o’clock.
Teachers may not agree with students, although they definitely should.
History teacher Brian Alspaugh mentioned that he does not think the students should be granted open lunches because they are “not responsible enough.”
Some students may leave campus and not return, and some are not responsible enough, but open-lunch will leave teachers with a lot more free time. With all of the students leaving for lunch, teachers will have fewer students coming for help, which will increase time to grade papers, eat their lunch, and talk to their friends. It will lift the stress off of teachers because they will get more done during lunch and won’t have to scram it in when they get home and want some family time.
Granting students open lunch will prove to be beneficial to everyone. Students and staff will both get to enjoy themselves a little more and have some alone time in their day. If students don’t obey the rules, it will only negatively affect them because they will get unexcused absences and missed work. It could help students with time management and teachers will finally be able to relax during their lunches.
Junior Class of '21
First Year on Staff
Extend Lunch for Students’ Sake
Spanning 180 days of the year, students attend their local public school in hopes of expanding their knowledge base and skillsets, while also advocating for their future stability. To maximize their growth, the majority of students partake in multiple Honors and AP classes. What results is a schedule full of rigor that relies on self-motivation and consistency.
Though the pursuit of self-betterment is entirely productive, it is simultaneously tiring. Perhaps this is why the short stint of time students are given for lunch is so cherished.
“Lunch gives me a chance to take my mind off of whatever stressful work I’m doing in my classes. It’s definitely the most relaxing part of my school day” said senior Philip Del Sordi.
The ease that the lunch block provides facilitates a more fruitful second-half of the day. However, and unfortunately, the time constraints of a 41-minute lunch period leave much to be desired among fellow classmates.
“There are a lot of assignments I need to work on during lunch. I also have questions for teachers. As a result, I am left with very little time to eat, which makes it feel like lunch never really happened,” explained senior Sohan Ganatra.
For those that spend seven or more hours per day shuffling from class to class, a mere 41 minutes is somewhat demoralizing. High-achieving students should be able to seek academic help, while also enjoying a meal and social interaction.
Despite the theoretical benefits that teachers may enjoy with a longer break, some cannot help but feel skeptical at such a prospect.
ESOL teacher Kelly Cedillo proclaimed, “I think lunches are plenty long as is. Most students fail to take advantage of the extra time. Instead, they socialize and often participate in mischief.”
There is no denying that some students will cause disturbances. However, discouraging the mutuality of academic persistence and healthy social relationships is counterintuitive to the overall purpose of going to school.
To grant students just a few more minutes during lunch, would be to promote the development of a well-rounded, young adult.
Senior Class of '20
Cross-Country, Track & Field, NHS
1st Year on Staff