Citing safety and other concerns, the Ridgewood School District will bar outside vendors from delivering student lunches to school buildings, Superintendent Dan Fishbein informed parents in a letter Monday.
In the letter, Fishbein said he told food vendors deliveries to the school would not be permitted after Jan. 10, and asked them to “develop an alternative” to the practice.
Problematic for the schools, the superintendent said, is the backup delivery drivers cause in parking lots, the potential security risk of having outside food service personnel enter the building and other disruptions caused by the deliveries.
“I understand that outside lunch ordering provides a convenient alternative to making lunch at home or purchasing a school lunch, but the disruption and concern has grown to an untenable level,” he wrote.
The policy won't entirely bar students from ordering lunch beyond the school cafeterias. At least at the high school, which has an open campus policy, students are still permitted to venture on foot to outside eateries.