School bans UberEats

West­lake Girls takes a stand against fast food de­liv­er­ies to school grounds.

Herald on Sunday - - WE SALUTE YOU - By Kelly Den­nett

New Zealand’s big­gest state girls’ school has banned UberEats and other fast food driv­ers from de­liv­er­ing food to stu­dents.

West­lake Girls High School has stopped de­liv­er­ies af­ter notic­ing driv­ers were com­ing on the grounds, vi­o­lat­ing its health and safety pol­icy of not hav­ing strangers on school prop­erty.

Af­ter tabling the is­sue at an ear­lier Board of Trustees meet­ing — whose panel in­cludes a stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive — school prin­ci­pal Jane Stan­ley said a vote at the lat­est meet­ing agreed to an out­right ban.

“At the last board meet­ing, the board dis­cussed the is­sue of stu­dent food de­liv­er­ies and agreed that unau­tho­rised ven­dors com­ing into the school grounds did not com­ply with our health and safety pol­icy,” she said in a writ­ten state­ment.

“The board re­solved that unau­tho­rised ven­dors may not come on to the school grounds to de­liver food.

“Stu­dents are able to pur­chase food at the school can­teen and we are cur­rently look­ing at an on­line or­der op­tion.”

UberEats launched in Auck­land this year, de­liv­er­ing restau­rant-fresh food for a fee.

It didn’t re­spond to re­quests for com­ment, but pre­vi­ously said the app was only avail­able to peo­ple over the age of 18.

UberEats driv­ers un­dergo crim­i­nal checks, and where tres­pass or­ders or bans were made against the com­pany, driv­ers were in­formed.

Sec­ondary Prin­ci­pals’ As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mike Wil­liams said he had never heard of a school ban­ning UberEats or de­liv­ery driv­ers, and didn’t think it was an is­sue among other schools.

Across the ditch, how­ever, sev­eral sec­ondary schools in Aus­tralia have moved to ban UberEats, af­ter con­cerns about healthy eat­ing and se­cu­rity.

The school’s move has been praised by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s chief health and nutri­tion ad­viser, Pro­fes­sor Grant Schofield.

How­ever he warned the word “ban” could back­fire, and prompt stu­dents to buy treats out­side of school.

“But on the other hand, good on them for tak­ing a stand.

“The ev­i­dence is [par­tic­u­larly] strong that a good day’s eat­ing not only is good for health but is im­por­tant for learn­ing.”

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