In the next four years, fewer and fewer Oakland high school students will be permitted to escape school grounds at lunchtime, according to a plan that will be presented at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. (See full agenda here.)
Skyline, Life Academy, International, Youth Empowerment, Dewey, Far West And Bunche already have closed campuses. Next year, under the phase-in plan, ninth-graders at the Oakland Tech, McClymonds, Castlemont, Fremont and Oakland High campuses would also have to bring their lunches or enjoy the cafeteria fare.
The idea is to cut down on afternoon truancy (kids going out to lunch and deciding not to come back) and to improve student safety. Think it will work?
I wonder how consistently the new rules will be enforced during the years when some students are allowed to leave and others aren’t.