Editorial: Removing B lunch for learning, efficiency, safety


Grace Nguyen

By splitting the B lunch population between A and C lunch and adding tables, removing B lunch may be easier than it seems.

The school currently has A, B and C lunches, with B lunch taking place in the middle of fourth period. Students and teachers have suggested that there is a simpler solution because of the inefficiency of having a B lunch.

The three lunches can be condensed into two lunches at the current A and C lunch times.

Providing only two lunch periods would eliminate the break during fourth period, reducing schedule chaos. As is, many teachers with B lunch spontaneously change students’ lunches to A or C on test and quiz days in order to prevent cheating or getting extra help during a test. This way students break routine of class time daily, but also break their lunch routine as they have to find new people to sit with each day their lunch changes. A janitor stated that eliminating B lunch would provide the janitors helpful time to recover from A lunch and prepare for C lunch. Thus, rather than cause schedule mayhem, removing B lunch would only promote routine and practicality.

Grace Nguyen
On Thursday, Dec. 5, 18 of the total approximate 60 tables at B lunch remained empty. In comparison, C lunch had nine empty tables. The counted empty tables did not include the several tables with only one student or any of the outdoor tables.

Some believe that A and C lunches are not enough to hold all students, but in reality, the two lunches already hold most of the student population. A significantly smaller population of students attend B lunch, which is obviously observable by viewing the commons during that time, as compared to the busy A and C lunches. It is clear that many students with B lunch already attend A or C lunch, even without permission from administrators, and both those lunches still function smoothly. Thus, if the amount of students who currently attend B lunch were split between A and C, hardly any change would occur. In fact, many students eat outside the commons in the band hall, favorite teachers’ classrooms, etc, freeing up space for much of the student body to eat. What little change would be added could be addressed by adding tables in the commons.

Lessening the time students are outside of class roaming the school increases safety. If all students were scheduled to be in class during the current B lunch 30-minute period, there would be less confusion for staff to organize student activity. Instead of an hour and a half of student roaming, there would be two much easier to manage 30 minute periods apart from each other, which would help prevent any attempted off-campus lunch escapes. 

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Even if lunches would be slightly more crowded after making this change, filling more seats in the commons is preferred to splitting up a third of teachers’ lessons during classes. Additionally, many students don’t eat in the commons, but instead in fine arts halls or their favorite teachers’ classrooms. Students lose focus and are put at an unfair disadvantage when split, even with the extra 15 minutes allotted to fourth period. Though the change might not satisfy each person at the school, it would resolve most issues associated with B lunch.

In order to promote student, teacher and staff routines, the school can eliminate B lunch with ease. Considering the student body’s current lunch distribution, removing B lunch would be an obvious option to take at school.