No Lunch Period In High School...Coming To Your Neighborhood Soon?
It's already here for us.
My kids go to a near-overcrowded 7-12 building. I've been hearing from parents of 10th and 11th graders for years now about how their kids have had no lunch periods so they could squeeze in all the classes they want/need. And I swore it wouldn't ever be my kid. No class is more important than having a lunch.
Last year my girl (10th grade) had 4th period lunch on odd days and 8th period lunch on even days. I wasn't happy about it, but my girl didn't mind. Several of her friends were following similar schedules. My girl is pretty good at taking care of her own shit, so I try to stay out of her way. I chose not to interfere. Technically, 8th period isn't a "lunch" period, but if kids get there quickly, they can still get food. And there's vending machines. She did fine.
So now she's fighting me to take classes and electives that would result in her having a lunch only every other day. And I got to wondering...how much of this is happening across the country? Other districts in neighboring towns don't seem to have any trouble scheduling lunch. But I can see how this can happen nowadays.
When a school has too many kids and too little space, they've got to squeeze classes into the schedule strategically. Plus, the demand on schools for impressive and diverse electives means the puzzle is made of too many little pieces rather than a more manageable number of big pieces. Add to that the Guidance Dept.'s policy of encouraging kids to take as many AP classes as possible (which helps the school achieve higher rankings, regardless of whether or not the kids actually pass the AP exam.)
And then there's the parents...they read up on what the colleges require for admission and topping every list is "rigorous high school workload." So they demand the schedules be filled to capacity. And it's a snowball..."I heard Sally can take AP Physics because she isn't taking a lunch this year. You don't need lunch, do you dear?"
So over the years, it's become part of the culture at our school. Does it happen at your kids' schools? What are your thoughts on the policy?