In a move that Jeff Spicoli would deem totally “bogus,” a number of schools in certain Michigan districts are banning pizza deliveries during lunchtime.
It’s not just pizza, either: Officials with the West Bloomfield School District, as well as the Plymouth-Canton School District and Chippewa Valley Schools, say food deliveries from any nearby eateries are not welcome, citing factors as security, food safety, tardiness, and just generally being a nuisance for the faculty to deal with.
"It was getting to the point where you'd have eight, 10, 15 deliveries a day," West Bloomfield High’s principal, Pat Watson, told the Detroit Free Press. "It's a building policy: You can't have food delivered during the school day."
Two other high schools within the Chippewa Valley district confirmed they had prohibited the deliveries for safety reasons, as the school frowns upon “strangers and people that we don’t know coming to our buildings with delivery bags,” a spokesperson told the Free Press.
Another school that spoke with the outlet said administrators were wary of food-borne illnesses and allergies. And they just don’t have the time to receive and distribute the deliveries.
"If they're having to manage multiple food orders at a given lunchtime with all the other things they have to be responsible for, that's a concern as well,” said Nick Brandon, a spokesperson for the Plymouth-Canton School District.
These Michigan schools, however, are far from the first to ban delivery during class. In 2017, a principal in Sacramento banned students from using delivery apps like Postmates or GrubHub, saying staffers were tired of managing the deliveries. At the time, other school districts in California had warned students against using similar apps, or ordering from local restaurants, as such deliveries were not allowed on campus grounds.
Earlier this year, another school in Titusville, Fla., banned all deliveries citing concern for students’ health, and a few more in Delaware restrict the practice again for security reasons.
“We have closed campuses, and have put in different office construction, security cameras, locked doors, have taken a number of steps to increase the safety of our buildings. Allowing random people to bring Thai food is not part of the safety plan,” said Pati Nash, a spokesperson for the Red Clay Consolidated School District, in a statement to Delaware Online.
Despite the rules, at least one pizzeria near Michigan’s West Bloomfield High says the students are great for business — along with other nearby schoolteachers, and even sometimes the parents.
"The parents will call and say, ‘My kid's lunch is at noon,’” said Jeff Hueter, assistant manager of Jet's Pizza, to the Free Press. “’Can you deliver a pizza to the office and maybe throw in a bottle of water?’"