Reston, VA

Herndon High School/File photoAs Jeff Spicoli said to teacher Mr. Hand when his pizza was delivered in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, “What’s wrong with a little snack on our time?”

Apparently, enough to ask Herndon High School students to cut it out.

The end of the school year has seen a rise in the number of students and teachers ordering food to be delivered to the school. It is causing front-office stress to the administration, which has asked everyone to stop.

In an email to families, Herndon High administrators reminded parents that food delivery is against Fairfax County Public Schools rules — and that students could get detention.

“Food deliveries are problematic for the main office staff – regarding time and money,” the e-mail reads. “Students may not place orders for delivery during the school day. This is against FCPS School Board regulation, and the food, tips, and payments take up time of our staff. If we receive student orders, our main office staff will deny the order. If students receive orders at any door in the building, they will be assigned after school detention.”

HHS reminded teachers that they may order for themselves and other staff but have to receive the food themselves — no sending students down to the door with dollars, even for the class pizza party.

Finally, HHS says it has seen too many parents dropping off food for their kids during the school day.

“Parents, please do not bring food to your students during the school day if at all possible,” HHS administrators said. “Food often stays in the main office all day and the student doesn’t pick it up. This also becomes difficult for staff to manage and the smell in the main office is often potent. We do not have the staffing to deliver all the food to students that are coming to our office.”


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