According to the Skokie, IL Patch, about 300 students at Niles and and Niles North High Schools have schedules so packed that they do not include a lunch period. Kaine Osburn, the principal at Niles West High School, told reporter Michael Martini that some students are trying to arrange their schedules so that they can come in late or leave early, but most are trying to take another course such as an extra fine arts elective or another honors level course.
Some students in District 219 get what’s called a “homeroom lunch,” or permission to go to the cafeteria to buy food during their homeroom period. Others pack a bag lunch and eat in homeroom or in another class, with the permission of the teacher.
Area principals and counselors discourage students from leaving a lunch period out of their schedule. The high schools require students whose schedules do not include lunch to get permission from their parents.