Administration changes lunch policy for second semester


By Ryan Kupperman, Copy Editor
 On Tuesday Dec. 4, 2018, Deans Mark Taylor and Lisa Soukup sent an email to every student emphasizing that off-campus lunch is a privilege, not a right. According to Taylor, District 214 looked at other schools across the country in order to form criteria that emphasizes open-campus lunch as a privilege-based opportunity. Starting second semester of the 2018-2019 school year, the district will be implementing and enforcing a policy to ensure a “safer space for the privilege of off-campus lunch.”
      According to Taylor, this policy would be enforced similarly to the mandatory scanning of student ID’s in the morning, where students would scan their ID’s at lunch and a security guard will check for the required criteria.
      Although all freshmen still do not have open-campus lunch, in order to be able to go off campus during lunch sophomores, juniors and seniors must have at least a 2.8 GPA, no F’s on their semester report card, no out of school suspensions as well as get a permission slip signed by December 14, turned into the attendance office, by their legal guardians.
       Taylor also points out that, although there are always problems with implementing a mid-year policy, all the school has to do is work out the kinks within the system. Throughout the next couple weeks, and possibly a few weeks into January, Taylor emphasizes that they will be conducting tests to continuously improve upon the policy.

Screenshot of the email that was sent to students.