Gia Bradley: Open Campus Won’t Work

Gia Bradley, Reporter

Why is open campus not allowed? 

 Open campus is not allowed because of all the safety hazards. When teens come to school, they are under the responsibility of the school, meaning whatever happens during the school day is the school’s fault. 

 So if anything bad were to happen while students were eating lunch off campus, that could be considered the school’s fault. The school just doesn’t trust that students will be safe and careful, and they don’t trust that other drivers will be safe while the students are under their care in case there were to be a crash. 

Many students say why can’t there be a parent signature that would allow students to leave campus? That argument is weak because many rules of the school would then have to change, and it would be chaos during all the lunches, making the teachers jobs way harder than they already are. 

 Ultimately, there are many risks to off campus lunch. Kids who leave campus are often more at risk. For example, an easy way to find yourself in a crash is leaving campus then being in a massive rush to get back to the school in time. 

Some people suggest perhaps only seniors, or the older students, should be able to leave campus, but other schools that have created that rule run in to even bigger issues. Issues like underclassmen found hiding in trunks of the upperclassmen who do leave campus, creating a huge safety hazard for everyone in the vehicle. 

 The teachers and administrators biggest concern is student safety. And closed campus has everything to do with safety.