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Two lunches shorten lines, but some students are not happy with the change

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Adding an additional lunch period has led to shorter lines in the cafeteria, but some South Mountain High School students are upset they can't eat with their friends.

Adding an additional lunch period has led to shorter lines in the cafeteria, but some South Mountain High School students are upset they can't eat with their friends.

Photo by Elizabeth Ochoa

Photo by Elizabeth Ochoa

Adding an additional lunch period has led to shorter lines in the cafeteria, but some South Mountain High School students are upset they can't eat with their friends.

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This year at South Mountain High School there are two lunch periods. Seniors have lunch with freshmen fifth period, while juniors and sophomores have lunch during sixth period.

Nicholas Oviedo, Assistant Principal of Registration, explained how the two lunches are benefitting the school.

“The first advantage is we have a lot more students eating lunch,” he said. “Now, it’s actually … just as full in the cafeteria, but with two lunches we are able to serve more students. And then … in the terms of safety … with less students it’s easier for our security and staff to supervise. Also, it’s better for the cafeteria staff.”

However, some students don’t like having two lunches.

“[It’s] terrible,” said senior Yesenia Posadas. “I [can’t talk] to my younger friends and my teacher is occupied during lunch. So, I am not able to get tutoring.”

Clubs are having trouble with meetings, as well. Now that lunch has been split into two sessions, not everyone is able to attend. Members have turned to social media to communicate with one another.

“I know that some are emailing each other during lunch to talk about what they discussed,” Oviedo said about the club issue. “The seniors who are in the National Honor Society, they meet and then they email the juniors [to] let them know what they talked about.”

“We could also issue some passes to those kiddos who may have a sixth period class,” Principal Brian Guliford said. “We’d have to be a little careful with that, because we don’t want to impede too much on instruction time.”

There are some concerns that students will go to both lunches.

“We need to monitor that students are getting to class when first lunch ends,” Oviedo said. “It’s not a problem right now, but that’s something that we have to keep our eye on.”

 

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