By Paige Mace
Cactus Canyon Junior High has a new policy that students cannot bring an open container to school. That means students cannot bring outside drinks such as Starbucks and Thirst Busters.
No student has brought inappropriate drinks to school, but it the rule is a safety measure because other students at other schools have done so.
“We are concerned about the size of the containers being brought in, such as 44-ounce Thirst Busters, and the contents in the drink,” said assistant principal Joyce Gingrich.
Drinking a large, sugary beverage in the morning can cause students to miss lessons and instruction because they leave to use the restroom.
“The size of the drinks cause students to have to leave class a lot,” Mrs. Gingrich said. “Often the drinks are very sugary, or have a lot of caffeine in them. In addition, it also makes it more difficult for us to know if there are any inappropriate substances in a container, such as alcoholic beverages.”
There are no punishments to having an open container to school, but teachers will ask students that have one to throw it away.
Students are allowed to drink sodas that were just opened during lunch, but administrators discourage bringing sodas to school. Members of the National Junior Honor Society also operate a breakfast bar where students may purchase water and iced tea.
Mrs. Gingrich said the only priority to the teachers is the students and their safety, so they are trying as hard as they can to keep a safe and clean environment at Cactus Canyon.