Benicia High School will slowly become a closed campus during school hours.
Currently all Benicia High students have the ability to leave campus during lunch, except for freshman, and according to the Times Herald, the closed campus change would be gradual. Next year, only juniors and seniors would be able to leave campus and the following year only seniors, the Times Herald reports.
In a recent Patch poll, we asked readers if they thought the school should have a closed campus and 61 percent of voters said yes.
Commenter Karen LaRiviere wrote that she thinks the campus should be closed, in part because of accidents during lunch time near the school.
“There have been 2 serious car accidents in the last year. Are the restaurants going to pay medical or worse, funeral expenses of the kid killed racing back from their restaurant? No. Kids are in school to learn, not plan their lunch destination every day. …,” she wrote.
Another commenter disagreed.
“One of the best teachers in life is experience and accountability for one's own actions. I see the kids at many eating places during lunchtime and for the most part they are courteous, enjoy their break from the rigors of class and not behaving in an irresponsible way. Each student has the responsibility to pursue lunch off campus in a safe and sane way; I think they do a pretty good job,” the commenter wrote.
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