Back in my day—yes, I’m typing this as I squirm inside my orthotic shoes and contemplate yelling at that dang cloud—our choices were cafeteria food, a brown-bag lunch, or bust. There was no ordering Dominos to the cafeteria or placing a group order for pad Thai. We weren’t even allowed to leave school grounds for lunch until senior year, I believe. So it really did rattle my dentures when I found out today that Kids These Days are ordering UberEats, Seamless, Postmates, and other delivery options for lunch—much to school administrators’ chagrin.
NBC Sacramento affiliate KCRA reports the principal of Franklin High School in Elk Grove, California, is asking for parents’ help in curbing food deliveries to school during lunch time, saying the drivers pose a security risk. With campus security an increasingly important issue, the school says these unknown drivers delivering food from unmarked cars could pose a threat—not to mention it’s “disruptive” when kids are pulled out of class to sign for food deliveries.
That school isn’t alone in tackling the delivery issue. A couple years ago, Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, instituted a policy against food delivery to campus, as did Granite Bay High School in Granite Bay, California.
This seems to indicate a pretty simple solution for Franklin High School’s principal: Tell the kids they can’t order delivery. Am I missing something? If the school also makes it clear to local pizzerias and restaurants that they shouldn’t deliver to campus, wouldn’t that also help curb the practice? An UberEats spokesperson told KCRA only adults 18 years or older should be using the service, which presumably would include some high school seniors. Still, seems to me that if schools can tell students they have to wear clear backpacks, sign in visitors, and not wear spaghetti-strap tank tops, it’s within their purview to tell them to knock off the lunchtime pizza delivery.