After the success of the relaxed COVID restrictions, Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm has proposed an additional layer of security where students share communal lunches, prepared at home. “We felt given the decrease in cases and transmission, this would be the ideal next step. When each student brings food to share with their schoolmates, it decreases the risk of contamination via the trained lunchroom cooks,” Malcolm said as she was walking out of Fairview Southdale Hospital after visiting the families of COVID patients.
In response to the change, students have voiced their thoughts on the new measures, citing lunch as a time they’ve noticed improvement in their social interactions. “Ever since coming back to school, I’ve felt great knowing I can eat lunch in the safety of my car with my four best friends, rather than expose myself to other students and germs in the lunchrooms. What better way to get closer to your friends than basically exchanging saliva over communal food?” junior John Johnson said. Students and administrators seem content with the new system, but with more students returning each week, talks of expanding the lunch share system to mix middle and high schoolers have increased.