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The potential for longer school lunch periods

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Roxy Kalantari
Among the other changes the school is discussing for next year, longer lunch times is an implementation that would pose many benefits for all students. However, with this change, there are many unknowns including possibly extending the length of the school days and so on.

Ayala administrators have started to consider extending lunch periods given the potential benefits it could bring to the campus in response to the California Board of Educations’ request.

Most of the school is familiar with their 30-minute lunch break that extends from 12:46-1:16 on Tuesdays to Fridays. The problem with this short break is that lunch lines and bathroom lines are usually booming with students, giving them little time to socialize with their friends and eat their lunch. Due to this, administrators have been considering the request of the California Board of Education to lengthen the lunch period that teachers and students are given every day.

“The bathroom lines are always really long and also the lunch lines are really long for some odd reason,” Juliett Legorreta (11) said. “By the time you get to your seat you probably have max ten minutes to eat.”

Another benefit to having longer lunch times would be that students would have more time to participate in lunchtime activities such as club meetings. As a result of these time consuming activities, most students would not have enough time to eat and to socialize with other students outside of the club. 

“A lot of people have club meetings or they’re trying to meet with teachers during lunch and after that, a lot of times, they don’t have time to get food or anything,” Shreeyaa Phate (11) said. “I think extending the time period is a good idea.” 

Additionally, students will be more energized for their next classes with a longer break. Once students relax with their friends and eat a healthy meal, students will likely perform better in their studies. 

“[Students] might be more energized for their next class,” Legorreta said. “ They might not be as tired, maybe because food wakes you up…I think it’ll definitely make the students happier.” 

The only concern that comes with having longer lunch periods is the possibility of longer school days; if students are given longer breaks, they may get out of school later than the current end time now. 

“It could be not a good situation if [longer lunch periods] extend the school day for the students,” Administration Secretary Ms. Jill Anderson said. 

Longer lunch periods pose many benefits for the students including them being more energized for their next classes and them having more time to eat and socialize with their friends. There are also drawbacks because it could result in students staying in school longer. 

“I think if lunch is extended that gives students more free time for socializing and a little bit more time for them to eat their lunch,” Anderson said. 

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Madison O'Neill, Staff Member
Madison O’Neill (10) is a news writer for Ayala Bulldog Times, and this is her first year on staff. Madison is prepared to make her voice heard and to put students and teachers on campus in the spotlight especially if they deserve more attention. Madison is also on the girls golf team at Ayala and she loves to read mystery books, write, watch YouTube, and to spend time with her family in her free time. She is involved with the Find Kind club and Sending Sunshine at Ayala. Madison is beyond excited to be writing for the Ayala Bulldog Times and hopes that it will continue throughout her high school years. 
Roxy Kalantari, Staff Member
Roxy Kalantari (10) is a staff reporter for The Bulldog Times, and this is her first year on staff. Roxy hopes to write news and spread awareness for situations happening on campus. She's been writing since she was in the fourth grade and she looks forward to making friends with her editors and (hopefully) some of the people that she interviews. In addition to being a writer in journalism, she hopes to be an author one day-- or a veterinarian and help animals. In her free time, she enjoys binging The Office and Gilmore Girls and she loves listening to music.
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