Davis Administrators Say Keeping Freshmen on Campus is Keeping Them in Class
Yakima, WA - AC Davis High School has instituted a new rule this fall. All freshmen have to stay on campus for lunch.
The rule isn't all that popular with freshman, but school administrators say they're already ready seeing positive results.
The lunch line at AC Davis High School is looking a little longer this fall. School administrators are now requiring all freshmen to stay on campus and eat in the cafeteria.
"It's really hard to stay here and then other people are bringing in McDonald's. We're having to eat school lunches," says Alejandra Preciado, who sits in the cafeteria with her friend Alexis Wyatt.
They don't think the rule is really working.
"No, 'cause it's not keeping those kids from staying," says Wyatt.
But the school is already seeing results. Unexcused absences for freshmen are down nearly 20% from a year ago.
"The transition from eighth to ninth grade is a difficult one. There's so much more freedom."
The principal believes the chance for academic success increases by keeping freshmen on campus. It certainly appears to be keeping them in class. Even if that's true, Preciado and Wyatt say they don't have to like the food.
"Personally, I don't eat school lunch because I don't like it. I wait 'til I get back to my house," says Preciado.