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Cafeteria overcrowding causes problems

Students sit at packed tables during second lunch on Feb. 15. Each lunch shift holds between 600 and 650 students.

Students sit at packed tables during second lunch on Feb. 15. Each lunch shift holds between 600 and 650 students.

Photo by Blaine Young

Students sit at packed tables during second lunch on Feb. 15. Each lunch shift holds between 600 and 650 students.

Photo by Blaine Young

Photo by Blaine Young

Students sit at packed tables during second lunch on Feb. 15. Each lunch shift holds between 600 and 650 students.

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Even though the cafeteria is the most conventional place to eat lunch, it has several problems. Students should be able to have the option to eat in other places besides the cafeteria.

At the beginning of the year, the administration announced they would enforce a new rule requiring all students to eat in the cafeteria. With nearly 2,000 students and each of three thirty-minute lunch shifts housing between 600 and 650 students, the cafeteria can get very crowded.

For starters, there never seems to be enough chairs. Students are always on the hunt for chairs, and if a student isn’t sitting in a chair, it could get taken. In addition, some tables are so packed that students have to sit shoulder-to-shoulder; the table itself barely enough room for everyone’s lunches.

                                                                                                  Photo by Blaine Young
Sophomore Patty Knief, junior Azure Spofford, senior Hannah Hornbeck, juniors Abbey Wagner and Alyssa Guerrero and freshman Ben Parker eat lunch at crowded table on Feb. 15. Students have to take chairs from other tables to sit with their friends.

The number of people in the cafeteria can be overwhelming to some students. The amount of noise that 600 people make in the cafeteria is astounding, and it is hard to hear someone sitting just a foot away. Sometimes students have to yell just to have a conversation.

One of the reasons for the policy is that front office workers need to know students’ whereabouts at all times in case of emergency. However, if students sign up to eat in a different location and commit to eat there every day, with teachers’ permission, then administration will know where to find them.

Eating in other places can have many benefits besides just clearing out the cafeteria.

Having lunch outside in the courtyards can provide students with some time in the fresh air and sun, which is something most students lack during their eight hour school day. With less people in the cafeteria, one of the monitors could be sent to watch the students outside. Research states that having more time in the sunlight can lead to better sleep at night.

Eating in the journalism room would benefit yearbook and newspaper students because it would give them some extra time in the day to work on pages for The Hornet or stories for the Waldron Street Journal and ensure that they get their work in on time.

For UP students, eating outside at UP would be beneficial. It would be closer to the buses that transport them to and from college. It would be a quieter work space to study, and it could be monitored by the UP teachers.

With so many other options, it makes sense to let students have the option to eat in places other than the cafeteria.

The Waldron Street Journal is written and edited by students of Flour Bluff High School and they are solely responsible for its editorial policy and content. Viewpoints expressed are not necessarily those of other students, faculty, or the administrations or school boards of the Flour Bluff School District.

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