Lubbock ISD students see new on-campus lunch policy

Contributor: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 8/27/2013 9:52 am
Around lunch time, Raider Burrito is usually packed with Lubbock High School students, but Monday was different.

Ricardo Haro offers a student special, catering to LHS students.

"Student special. 4.99- a bowl burrito a drink and chips," Haro said.

On Monday, there were no students in sight. Lubbock ISD changed its off campus lunch option for high schoolers to an on campus lunch policy.

"Our citizens 2020 committee decided that school safety was the most important thing. And part of that safety was our kids leaving campus for lunch. That's troubling because, you know, driving, having to speed, go fast, and so, now it will be 100 percent closed campus for lunch at all of our high school cafeterias."

LISD superintendent Berhl Robertson thinks the new change will be positive. Not only for the students' safety, but for their academics too. 

"Our tardy rate was terrible after lunch, our aptitude rate after lunch was terrible," Robertson said. "And so our kids will maintain that whole instructional day, without coming back and being late, or doing the wrong things at lunch. So, I think it's going to be a very, very positive thing for our district."

LHS freshman Abbi Rodriguez thinks students will like the new change.

"Well it's easier to have everyone just stay here. The fact that it's safer, you don't have to go out and drive. And the fact that it's not as expensive," Rodriguez said.

With seven different lines to choose from, students can pick between Subway, or Chick-Fil-A, or even a 'make-your-own-nacho and burrito line'.

"We have Subway, McAllisters, Red Mango, Pizza Hut, Dions, and one other. So it's great." Robertson said.

"It's a lot better, I would say," Rodriguez said. "Cafeteria food is not always the best, so having all these other options, it's good."

On that first day of school, students and faculty were optimistic. But for businesses like Raider Burrito, Haro said money will be lost.

"The kids from the school, they don't come in anymore. They open the cafeteria, the new cafeteria, and it's probably going to affect the business," Haro said.

For now, he will try to appeal to a new demographic to make up for the loss.

LISD Elementary students will see some changes as well. The district consolidated six elementary schools into six. 

The former Alderson Middle School was renovated and renamed Alderson Elementary School. It's now the campus home for students who formerly attended Bozeman and Parkway elementaries. 

The newly constructed Ervin Elementary School combines students from Iles and Wheatley, and the temporary site of Miller Elementary School, housed in what was Haynes Elementary, consists of students from Murfee and Haynes. 

The new Miller Elementary will be constructed at the site where Murfee was torn down. That new school should be read for occupancy at this time next year. 

More students in their classes won't be the only change these kids will see. The district also implemented standardized dress at select schools, including Alderson Elementary, Ervin Elementary and Atkins Middle School. 

Students are expected to wear short or long sleeve Polo style shirts. They can't have hoods, and must be clean of any logos. They are also asked to wear flat or pleated bottoms that don't sag. Boys are required to wear a black or brown belt, and girls are asked to make sure their skirts reach a certain length. 

"Standardized dress is a way in which we remove barriers," Communications Coordinator Brian Morris said. "We reduce some costs for parents in terms of the money they might be spending on name brand clothing items, that sort of thing, and it also becomes a source of pride for the students, school pride."

The color schemes will differ at each campus depending on the colors of that school. 
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Liberty Seeker - 8/26/2013 11:40 PM
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I am in favor of banning visible logos. Gang logos are prevented from being visible. This policy doesn't forbid a student from paying $300.00 for a pair of shoes, as long the $300.00 logo is not visible. Restaurants that opened near schools to target business from minors, can revamp their structure and provide competitive prices for those who earn their money.
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