Food delivery editorial

For decades, Schreiber students were able to have food delivered directly onto the campus.  Gino’s, Aki, and Smashburger were staples.  Doordash, Grubhub, or UberEats provided a way for food from all over to easily be ordered for lunch and brought conveniently onto campus for students to pick up.  When COVID struck, campus was closed to all deliveries for safety purposes, and understandably so.  Students complained at the time, but the decision was made in their best interest. 

Now, with masks being optional, the elimination of online learning, and virtually no COVID regulations, students’ complaints have returned.  Food deliveries to Schreiber’s campus remain forbidden, and COVID is no longer the primary reason.  

Administrators have long felt that food deliveries were unsafe and unnecessary, especially as online food delivery services have grown.  Prior to Doordash and its counterparts, local delivery drivers were known and trusted by our school’s administrators, students, and teachers.  In 2020, the last year food deliveries were allowed on campus, most drivers were not the same trusted people from local restaurants.  Random deliverers were entering campus to drop food off to students, without any school officials having the ability to monitor these unsolicited visitors. 

Compared to other adults who could enter campus, delivery drivers were extremely unsafe to students.  Staff at Schreiber are fingerprinted, licensed, and background checked before being allowed to work in a school, and all visitors are checked in at the building to keep track of everyone on campus.  Doordash drivers do not go through the same process to be hired, and drivers who arrived on Schreiber’s campus changed on a daily basis.  Therefore, they can pose an immeasurable threat to students, especially when they interact directly with the driver. 

Most students still would argue in favor of a return of food deliveries despite these risks, as our school hasn’t seen any incidents related to delivery drivers in recent history.  However, the risk of allowing someone dangerous to students on campus, no matter how small, is too dangerous to outweigh the benefit of having outside food delivered to campus.  Juniors and seniors are able to access outside food already, with the ability to leave campus during off periods.  While it is less convenient for these upperclassmen, it is the safest way to allow them to eat food from off-campus establishments.  As for underclassmen, their safety and security on campus is more important than being able to eat food from restaurants, especially when our school has a suitable cafeteria. 

While all students would be thrilled with a return of food deliveries, it simply is not a safe option, and our school does not plan on having it return.