Is this common among high schools in the United States? (Description)Posted by: Foxian
Today I had my first day of school in the United States and after today I've just been left wondering, is it common for schools in the United States to have half hour lunch breaks and not allow you to leave campus to buy food?
Yes, I'm 18 and going to college. My last 4 years have been 35 minutes of lunch with no off campus lunch. I always wanted off campus because I didn't like our schools food that much. I also lived in a small town that only had 3 or 4 places to go to eat. I lived in Wisconsin and the minimum amount of minutes a school could provide for lunch was 30 minutes.
For my school it applied only to the Freshman and Sophomores. The Juniors and Seniors were allowed to leave.
yeah same as dan
Absolutely ... you don't leave school. Technically they are liable for you until they let out or send you home in some official manner (a note, call to parent, teacher notified, something). They are usually pretty good about accountability while you are still a minor and all.
For freshmen and sophomores, yes this is the case. Our lunch is a full 45 minutes though.
I wish it wasn't like that..
My high school had an hour and we could leave, but had to have a note or a phone call from our parents. Or you could always leave illegally, not like anyone would stop you; if you were a good kid they'd just assume that you had permission and wouldn't even bother to check with the office.
No one is allowed to leave and we have 25 minute lunches
My high school only gave students 30 minutes to eat lunch (seniors on PASS, a program that rewarded good grades & behavior, got a full 47 minute period except tuesdays or assembly days), out of a 47 minute period (rest of time was homeroom). We either bought food from the cafeteria, brought something from home, or ate nothing. We weren't supposed to leave campus for lunch. The only time I was able to do this was if I came late or left part of the day for an appointment and brought food back with me. That technically wasn't 'allowed' but they never did anything about it
The 1/2 hour seems short, but open or off-campus is common.
Ive been in quite a few high schools an that sounds ridiculous. A half hour is too short, and you should be able to leave. If you need permission or to sign out, fine, but to not be allowed to leave at all??