High School Turning Away Lunch Deliveries to Students

High School Turning Away Lunch Deliveries to Students

Einstein High wants ‘more control’ over who is on property

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A Kensington high school is cracking down on food deliveries ordered by students.

Albert Einstein High School in Kensington has established a checkpoint on the driveway leading to the school with a school security guard stopping “all traffic coming onto the property during lunch,” according to a post on the school’s website.

The unsigned post says the school does not allow food deliveries because “if it comes late the kids feel they have a right to be late to class and eat first or they do not have enough money to pay for food when it arrives.”

With the rise of businesses such as GrubHub, DoorDash and UberEats, students are able to order food via the internet and smartphone apps.

Einstein has a student enrollment of about 1,800 students, with 65% eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches, data the school system uses to determine a school’s poverty rate.

There is no school system policy on food deliveries.

There have not been any security issues or school threats made as a result of a student’s food delivery, according to the post, but administration “just would like better knowledge and control as to who is entering the property.”

All county high schools have buzzer systems and visitors have to be let into the building by a receptionist and most have “secure vestibules” that guide visitors through an entryway directly to an office to check-in.

A school system spokesman did not clarify whether food deliveries are turned away when they arrive or if other school’s have implemented the same precautions.

UberEats policies posted online say canceled orders are eligible for a partial refund, but orders canceled after the order is retrieved by the delivery driver are not eligible for a refund.

Schools across the country are implementing policies banning deliveries.

Earlier this month, several Michigan high schools banned food delivery services during the school day, saying they are too disruptive, and an Ohio middle school cited security concerns in banning food deliveries in March.

UberEats was not immediately available for comment.

Caitlynn Peetz can be reached caitlynn.peetz@bethesdamagazine.com

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