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If you’ve listened to any of the announcements over the PA during the past month, you’d know that there has been a recent ban involving outside food being delivered to students within the school, whether it be from family, friends, or delivery men/women themselves. Many students were outraged over the decision, but principal Susan Cheadle-Holt believes that it is all but necessary.
“I don’t even know why they [enforced the ban]. Like, they didn’t explain. They just said suddenly, ‘Oh, you can’t order food anymore,’” said freshman Tia Barrera. “I feel like I’d be more okay with it if there was reasoning behind why they did it, but we just suddenly got an announcement [that said] your parents can’t bring you food, you can’t order food to Everett, you can’t leave.”
However, according to Cheadle-Holt, there are many reasons as to why this decision was made. Some obvious, and some she believes students students should take into consideration.
“There was a difficulty determining who was leaving school and buying food, because [students] aren’t supposed to, and who was having it delivered. The second this was the number of interruptions that were being created everyday by people coming in and asking us to pull their kids out of class. And then the third thing is that a lot of kids were having food delivered when it was not their lunch hour,” Cheadle-Holt said.
One change that goes beyond food being delivered in this new policy is the safety of the school as a whole. Cheadle-Holt addresses public safety issues as well.
“I think it’s also important to add, all these different people bringing food in from different places like your aunts and your uncles and your cousins and your friends, it creates a safety issue because we have all these people that are coming into the building all the time, that we don’t know who they are, and the kids don’t always go to the welcome center,” Cheadle-Holt said.
On the other hand, Barrera feels that students with allergic reactions to certain foods could benefit from having outside food come in for them.
“There was this girl [at Upward Bound] who had to have her mom bring her something because she was allergic [to the food], and a lot of people probably don’t want to eat school food because they’re afraid of allergies, or the food makes them sick,” Barrera said.
Not all hope is lost though as Principal Cheadle-Holt advises students to speak out if they wish to see a change within the already established cafeteria menu.
“If you want different foods in the cafeteria and you want to have them try different things, number one, I think Sodexo is really willing to hear that and try different things, but they have certain guidelines that they have to follow according to the government, but they are willing to listen to student’s suggestions,” Cheadle Holt said, mentioning the corporation in charge of Everett’s school lunches. “If they do want to try different things, I encourage them to talk to their junior board representatives.”
Cheadle-Holt says that representatives can be found through Art teacher, Pamela Collins. Representatives meet with Sodexo members monthly and have the ability to suggest new menu options to them directly. If students wish to speak with the director himself, Keison Arnold, they can contact him at email@example.com.