SURREY (NEWS 1130) – A Surrey high school is reigning in student food deliveries from companies like UberEats and SkipTheDishes.
Semiahmoo High School has decided to ban food ordering services – except for food delivered off school property and during lunchtime – because school administration says a growing number of students are leaving the room to pick up food. The staff members of the school also apparently spent a lot of time dealing with deliveries left at the front desk, and those who skirted the table and entered the school without entering.
Doug Strachan of the Surrey School District says the increase in deliveries was harmful and potentially unsafe.
"Some students were leaving classes to pick up food, get their food. The school took a few steps to let the students know that if they wanted to make this kind of arrangement, they could be done, just on school property, "he says. "There will be several deliveries coming in, and school staff have other things to do with school administration, and yet they were constantly being presented with food by people who wanted to know where to take the food."
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Something had to be done, he says, as increased deliveries began to overwhelm the team and cause security concerns.
"Delivery people were entering school without checking in at the office, or they wanted to leave the food in the office, and the office can not serve as a food delivery service," he says. "We certainly do not want people on campus or at school without authorization or without school officials knowing they are there or why they are there, and that is for a legitimate reason."
Strachan said he recognizes that food delivery applications are a growing trend and that the school is trying to adapt to these changes in technology and how students are using it. He hopes that allowing students to continue using delivery services – with limitations – will be an acceptable solution.
"It takes a bit of adjustment for everyone and, so far, it looks like this approach is working," he says.