Boyd High School suspends off-campus lunch

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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Boyd High School upperclassmen will need to make new lunch plans, starting Monday.

Boyd ISD trustees voted 5-2 this week to suspend off-campus lunches indefinitely starting next week. The school board will revisit the matter at its Nov. 12 meeting.

Off-campus lunch was offered to juniors and seniors.

Boyd ISD Superintendent Ted West said safety guided the decision.

“There’s been some incidents around the area with the open campus lunches,” West said.

“It’s about school safety. They are inexperienced drivers. We haven’t always had an open campus. I know as a school administrator, it’s easier to control if they are all here.”

Boyd School Board President Bill Childress agreed that safety is the top priority.

“The only way to guarantee they are not in an accident is not let them drive,” Childress said. “I understand it’s a big incentive for kids and a perk, but from a pure safety aspect the best way to keep them safe to keep them in school.”

The board could decide next month to reinstate the off-campus lunch, eliminate it completely or create an incentive program to limit the number of students leaving campus.

Boyd High School Principal Susan Foster talked with the student council Tuesday and will be discussing options to present to the board.

“We suspended it for a month for our administration to look into alternatives for opening it up for certain students based on attendance or grades or maybe allow them to have off-campus lunch one or two times per week,” Childress said.

The administration reported that the district has the facilities in place to handle the influx of students during its two lunch periods.

“The logistics shouldn’t be an issue,” Childress said.

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