Nearly one third of the 89 teens suspended so far this year at Crescenta Valley High School were caught breaking district rules, or worse, the law, during the lunch break, when the entire student body is allowed to leave campus for roughly one hour, officials reported Tuesday.
Six of the students suspended this school year were caught smoking cigarettes and marijuana in a private backyard during the open lunch.
The report comes as Glendale Unified officials mull ending Crescenta Valley High’s open lunch policy after noticing a spike in absences and tardies during fifth period, which immediately follows the midday break.
They have also expressed concerns about unsafe driving among students.
“The law says we are responsible for them from the time they leave their house in the morning to the time they get home in the afternoon,” Deputy Supt. John Garcia said at a school board meeting Tuesday. “That is inclusive of … the lunchtime, whether they are on our campus or not.”