About 45 minutes ago, principal Laurie Norton sent the following email to parents of students at Highland Park Middle School/McCulloch Intermediate School. If the reasons she lists for not delivering fast food to the campus don’t deter you, think of how my feelings will be hurt if no one lines up to eat the cafeteria fare I’ll be dishing out Thursday.
Dear MIS and HPMS Parents,
We are asking for your assistance with a cafeteria issue. The number of parents delivering lunches from fast food restaurants to students has greatly escalated the last few weeks. These deliveries are causing some problems due to the high volume of food deliveries to the office, students leaving the cafeteria/class to come to the office to pick up food, parents delivering food from the back parking lot (and asking students to leave the cafeteria to pick up the lunches in the back parking lot), students feeling left out, parents feeling pressured to bring lunches, and even parents delivering lunches on a cart to the whole table and then taking up lunch money!
We know that students enjoy a special treat from time to time, but please consider the following guidance when deciding whether or not to deliver food to your student:
1.) Please do not feel compelled or pressured to deliver food to your student in the cafeteria. Lots of parents say no, and we appreciate it! At a minimum, please limit food deliveries to your own child and to special occasions.
2.) NEVER ask your child to leave the cafeteria to go to the back parking lot to pick up food from any car, including the parent’s. This seriously compromises our school safety procedures.
We would truly appreciate your assistance in following these guidelines.