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High School returns to closed campus

Sunday, August 22, 2010

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A Sikeston High School student goes through the lunch line in the cafeteria. When the first day of classes began Wednesday, the high school campus became completely closed during lunch for the first time in 36 years.
(Leonna Heuring, Staff)
SIKESTON -- For the first time since 1974, all Sikeston High School students are eating lunch under the same roof.

With the new school year that began Wednesday came the final phase of the high school's transition back to a closed campus.

In 2008, the Board of Education, who had the safety and welfare of the students in mind, voted to close all campuses during school hours by the start of the 2010-2011 school year.

Since that decision, the district has slowly implemented the closed campus policy. For the 2008-2009 school year, students in 11th and 12th grades could leave the campus during the lunch period but ninth and 10th graders had to remain on campus. Then during the last school year, only the seniors were allowed to leave during the lunch hour.

Tom Williams, high school principal, said on Thursday it was too early to tell what kind of impact the change would have.

"As of day one, the lunch periods have run well. Students have 24 minutes per lunch, and we have about 235 students per lunch period," Williams said, adding there are four lunch periods from 10:25 a.m. to 12:11 p.m.

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