Food delivery to school raises safety concerns

Divya Sambathkumar, Print Managing Editor

In the last few weeks, deliveries from Panera, Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and other food services have been received by WA students through the services themselves but also through parents and apps such as DoorDash. Principal Jim Antonelli emailed parents last week, discouraging food deliveries from food organizations as it could serve as a potential threat to the school.

Instead of letting delivery people in through the main entrance, students have been opening back doors in the school. This poses as a potential threat to the school, considering these people are not approved to enter school premises. It’s possible one of these delivery people could have an intention of harming students.

“[Delivery people] are not fingerprinted, they are not CORI’d. What happens if they were a criminal and came into this building?” Antonelli said.

In a meeting with Colleen Wallace, director of food and service, it was brought to Antonelli’s attention there is a law stating that ordering food to school is not acceptable.

“Food cannot be delivered to school. It’s actually state law […] a regulation that from midnight to thirty minutes after school ends you can’t bring school to the school because we don’t know if it meets the food and nutritional requirements,” Antonelli said.

If teachers were to order food for students, they would have to get permission from food and services.

“As long as it meets requirements, we would allow that to happen. They just have to go through food and service,” Antonelli said.

Antonelli acknowledges that it is more about the safety issue than the nutritional values of the food since there is no way of checking every student’s lunch.

“I can’t check what you are eating every day but we know what’s coming into the cafeteria but it’s supposed to be about the outside organizations bringing in food that’s not being regulated and delivering it here,” Antonelli said.

Students caught still ordering food will not receive any harsh punishment but will be called to have a conversation with administration.

“I’m not looking to making it punitive but [students] have to work with me moving forward,” Antonelli said.