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Ridgewood Schools Ban Outside Lunch Deliveries

Safety issues cited in policy decision.

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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.

MOM67 March 10, 2014 at 12:42 PM
I bet most of those responding on this grew up brown bagging it. Whats wrong with your kid doing the same!!! You survived!!! I know why...IT'S A STATUS THING!!! Read the article in the Bergen Record today....hits the nail on the head!!!
DD March 10, 2014 at 02:07 PM
MOM67 claims this is a "STATUS THING!!" and says "read the article" (op ed piece) because it "hits the nail on the head." Yet the article/op ed makes no mention of this so-called "STATUS THING." This "STATUS THING" is a figment of your imagination. It's the conclusion one would come to if one were 14 years old. It's a juvenile and unsophisticated conclusion.
MOM67 March 10, 2014 at 02:44 PM
I'm sorry if I don't walk around with my nose in the air like you probably do I make my kids lunch my kids don't walk around with a sense of entitlement like the kids of those involved in all of this! Both my parents worked & I got lunch, currently there are 2 parents working full time in my household & my kids manage to take a brown bag lunch. If they forget it they buy if they don't want to buy they won't starve. You as the parent have created these monsters who expect a 5 star lunch!!!!
DD March 10, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Are you 14?

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