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Students fill the crowded lunch room for fifth lunch on a B day. Students agree the most crowded lunch time on any day is the fifth lunch.

Students fill the crowded lunch room for fifth lunch on a B day. Students agree the most crowded lunch time on any day is the fifth lunch.

Photo by Savannah Oesterle

Photo by Savannah Oesterle

Students fill the crowded lunch room for fifth lunch on a B day. Students agree the most crowded lunch time on any day is the fifth lunch.

Smithville High School does not have open lunch, but students are calling for a change..

Lunch is in five lunch shifts, all 25 minutes long, with five minutes to get there and back to class.

Many students complain about how the size of students going to lunch at one time is too crowded. Some student and staff members believe open lunch could be a solution, while others think it will cause more problems.

“I think normally the lunch shift system works well how we have five, but it can get really over crowded sometimes” said Katie Alexander, senior.

With 130 students going to lunch at one time lunch crowds is a big problem in many students eyes.

“[With open lunch] the lunch room would be less crowded which would be really nice,” Alexander said.

With some students out of the building, the more space in the lunchroom, but others have concerns about having fewer students in the lunchroom.

OPAA is what makes the meal plans and provides most of the fresh fruit and vegetables for the school.

“OPAA plans out all of the meals for the week so if there aren’t enough kids eating school lunch we’ll have to throw out a lot of food,” said Chris Heslinga, Assistant Principal.

Even though it would be harder on OPAA it would be nice for students with cars.

“People like being able to take a break and go get what they want to eat. I mean if they have cars it’s really easy for them to do that,” Alexander said.

Lunch is a break from class and many students think that should be outside of school.

“I think it would make students a lot happier to be able to leave, make their own choices.” Alexander said.

With more students leaving, there will be more cars on the road.

“I think that the congestion in the parking lot would be a difficult thing,” said Rebecca Carnes, science teacher.

More cars and traffic could cause tardies to rise.

“Students would be coming in late because of long lines and traffic.” Heslinga said.

Going home during the lunch break and not coming back to school is a concern advisers and students think about. Heslinga feels students would take advantage of the open lunch just to skip school. Although some students think it won’t be a big problem.

“The school could really do things to come down on that like not allowing certain students to go if they skip school after open lunch, but I think they would work it out,” Alexander said.

Many students and staff would like to see open lunch happen.

“I think it might be something to try,” Carnes said.

Open lunch has pros and cons and many students would like to try it.

“I would like go outside to eat, and I would really enjoy that when the weather is nice,” Alexander said.

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