Pros and Cons of the New MHS Lunch

by Vallari Arya ‘25

Source: NPR

Published Dec. 1st, 2021

At the start of the 2021-2022 school year, MHS altered its usual “Unit Lunch” set-up to adhere to pandemic guidelines. Instead of all students eating at once, only 25% of them ate at the same time.

Each MHS student was assigned one of four different color lunch periods (Grey, Green, Gold or White) based on their third block class. While Grey students were eating lunch, Green students were in the MPAC, and vice versa. White and Gold students did the same thing at a different point in the school day. On November 15, however, MPAC time was cut out. This meant that Grey students could eat with Green students, and White students could eat with Gold students.

Getting lunch from school, finding a seat, and going to and from class all takes time away from actual meal time. Therefore, a great aspect about the updated lunch periods is that they last longer. Students in different color lunches also now have the opportunity to eat with more friends. 

On the downside, the lunch lines are longer than they were before, and with more people eating at the same time, it’s more difficult to get a seat. This is something that the four-lunch schedule avoided.  

A drawback that both lunches have in comparison to the Unit Lunch of past years is that students can’t see all of their friends. Additionally, those with Study Hall third block have to remain in the MPAC with a limited amount of space to do work comfortably.  

While Unit Lunch didn’t affect Study Hall or restrict students from sitting with whoever they wanted to, a disadvantage to having the whole student body eat at once is the fact that the already-longer lunch lines and larger crowds from this year’s second development were likely far worse during the times of Unit Lunch. 

All-in-all, the different lunch schedules have their pros and cons. No matter what schedule is used, there is no perfect set-up, and there will always be benefits and drawbacks.

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