Students Forbidden From Eating Lunch in Cars
By Lauren Lubin
It is well known that students at Novato High School are not allowed to sit in their cars during lunch time. The question now is why has that rule been put in place?
After the construction of the new and improved parking lot finished, some updated rules and regulations were put into place. Campus Supervisor, Michelle Guin, provided insight on why students are not allowed to sit in their cars during lunch, one of the controversial topics being debated among the administration and student body.
“It’s a safety issue,” Guin said. “So, standing on the sidewalk is where you guys can be, but they don’t want you inside your cars. If you’re going off campus, you go and get your food and bring it back, and you need to sit on campus.”
Assistant Principal Greg Fister followed up with some reasons on why this action could be unsafe for students.
“If doors are closed and there are three to four kids inside, we don’t necessarily know what the kids are doing,” Fister said. “It’s as if you are in your own house and the door is shut, we don’t know what’s going on in your house.”
Many students don’t agree with this regulation, while some don’t even know this rule exists. Tatiana Villagomez-Montalvo, a senior at Novato High, spoke her opinion about this rule.
“I think the principal and the administration should just let it happen. I really don’t see the big problem, we’re just sitting in our cars,” Villagomez-Montalvo said. “We’re not like smoking or drinking on campus. If they can see us, it’s not like we’re doing anything bad. We’re just eating our lunch.”
Last year, the ASB President Luis Soriano fought for our right to sit in our cars at lunch. Toward the end of the year, this privilege was granted. However, this rule has been changed this year back to students not being able to sit in their cars.
“Well, you learn from experience,” Fister said. “If there is something going on and you don’t like the direction it’s going in then you make a change. From an overall standpoint, it’s just better for everyone to be visible.”
ASB President Marissa Raras does not agree with this rule and has already had a small talk with Greg Fister. Her main goal was to bring attention to the amount of tardies students will receive if this regulation continues to be enforced. If students are expected to come back from lunch and be on time, they would want to come back early to finish their food and ensure they will be on time. She then gave Fister some suggestions.
“A good suggestion was only the driver be in the car and not friends meeting at the car,” Fister said. “Let’s say, ‘Stephanie’ goes and buys a lunch and comes back to school. Three friends join her in the car and put the windows up; not a good thing. So, if it’s your car, it would be better if it was just you in the car instead of four or five people hanging out in a car.”
This rule is currently being flexed and bent due to students simply not listening and staying in their car anyway.