Longer Lunch Periods: Is What Sounds Like a Dream Truly Enjoyable?

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Jack Huot, Editor

Lunch periods at South Windsor High School in past years have been rushed. Students from every table hurried to shove their Uncrustables into their mouths before the 22 minutes were up. 

Now, students have a longer lunch period at a cost: an hour and a half of class for a 30-minute food break. Do students support the switch, or is it too much class time for just 8 extra minutes of lunch? In years prior, the class periods during lunch ran for an hour, 30 minutes less than now.

The main problem is the extra time that other periods don’t get; this can lead to teachers having trouble coming up with lesson plans. Like other students, the President of Unified for Underprivileged Girls club, Olivia Liegl disagrees with the change. “I don’t, personally, think it’s worth eight extra minutes of lunchtime at the expense of having to sit in a classroom for an hour and a half,” she says. “I’d prefer twenty-five-minute lunch periods if that means classes could be shorter.”

Though there are few who agree with the switch; one, in particular, sees it as beneficial as some of her lunch classes are easy, like study halls. 

Sophomore, Emma Cherubini, doesn’t mind the more extended class periods but isn’t too fond of the longer lunch waves. “I don’t like it because I’m done [eating lunch] and then I sit around for 10 minutes,” says Emma. “I actually kind of like [longer classes] because I feel like I have really good classes during that time [where]… I can just chill.”

Whether you agree with the switch or disagree with it, one thing is finally for sure… there will be enough time to finish sandwiches and other meals.