Community members continued to weigh in on a possible change to the open lunch policy at Crescenta Valley High School during a forum Thursday — the latest in an ongoing dialogue about whether allowing students off campus during the school day fosters dangerous and illegal behavior.
Glendale Unified Deputy Supt. John Garcia announced in September that district officials were reviewing the policy after an analysis indicated high rates of drug-related expulsions and other issues related to having the open campus during lunch.
Crescenta Valley High is the only Glendale Unified school that allows students to leave for lunch on a daily basis. Hoover and Glendale high schools closed their campuses in 1992 and 1994, respectively, and Clark Magnet High School has never had an open lunch.
At a community forum at the La Crescenta campus on Thursday, which drew about 75 people, several people who live in immediate proximity to the campus complained that the open lunch hour means trash in the streets and displays of aggressive driving.