Nicole Jakabcsin Staff Writer
Off-Campus lunch is a privilege that the Administration makes clear can be taken away. When this privilege is revoked, the class of 2015 expresses their displeasure. Off-Campus lunch has been offered traditionally to juniors and seniors, but as of late has only been offered to the senior class, and occasionally has been entirely revoked from both grades.
Recently, the administration has become frustrated with the students’ behavior during lunch and has revoked off campus privileges for both juniors and seniors in recent weeks. The reasoning behind this decision was that students have been leaving the annex in disarray. In addition, during the last off-campus lunch there were over one hundred tardies, meaning students were not only missing important class information, but also being disruptive.
We see off-campus lunch as a way for students to make the transition to college. In high school all of our responsibilities, such as attendance and homework, are closely monitored by teachers and parents. In college, suddenly the choice of whether we skip lecture to work on homework for another class, or decide not to do the homework at all becomes ours. Giving students the responsibility to allot enough time to eat, drive, and get back to class on time is a way of introducing us to the freedom that we will have in college or any post-High School plans.
Off-campus is also a chance for juniors and seniors to spend time with friends that they may not normally see. As juniors and seniors prepare to apply for college, their days are filled with homework, sports, clubs and other extracurriculars and commitments. This means that their free-time can become an infrequent occurrence. Due to the two-lunch system, and large variations of schedules of pioneer upperclassmen, many students do not get to see their friends often. Not only this, but students frequently complain about the increased population in the lunchroom during combined lunch days without Off-Campus privileges offered. Off-campus gives students a chance to enjoy a few minutes away from school with people they do not get to see everyday, and escape the crowded lunch room they deal with every day.