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Food in HHS Classrooms

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Anna Fowler grabs a quick snack while working.

Anna Fowler grabs a quick snack while working.

Anna Fowler grabs a quick snack while working.

Hannah Finn

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Should students be allowed to have food in the HHS classrooms during school hours?

An often heated and debated topic, students believe they should be allowed to have food in their classrooms.

It has been a school rule stating that students are not allowed to consume food or drinks other than water in the classrooms during the school day. Students have expressed that food should be allowed in class, contrasting with the stated rule.

Annika Skutta, 12, said that she didn’t even know the rule was in place. “In my experience, many teachers do not care about food in classrooms,” she said. “For me, I didn’t even know this was a rule.”

Even though there is a rule in place, teachers seem to be lenient and following the rule.

The rule is not effective or necessary, Skutta said. “ Of course it is not polite to eat the whole time while the teacher is talking,” she said, “but a strict rule against it doesn’t prevent people from eating. Therefore, I don’t think it is necessary, and I believe it works against the selling of food and drinks from clubs.”

Different clubs and sport teams sell food at lunch and before school starts. If the rule were to be followed, this would hurt their sales. Why buy food if you won’t be able to eat it? The five minute passing time isn’t enough time to scarf down a blizzard you weren’t able to buy until the end of lunch. Students often have a hard time buying them at the beginning of lunch because the line gets very long.  

Joseph Mosher, 9, also agrees that food should be allowed in classrooms. “ I think you should be able to have food and drinks in the classroom, as long as you aren’t getting distracted from your work.”

The math and English department teachers are the ones who are the most strongly enforcing the rule. They tell us they are enforcing the rule because if they don’t, they can get in trouble by administration.

Staff have explained that the rule is in place because they believe food in the classroom serves as a distraction.

 

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