New Rochelle students protest closed campus policy

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Students in New Rochelle staged a walkout Monday afternoon to demand a reversal of the district’s closed campus policy.

Nearly 80 students at the Alternative High School campus walked out of classes to protest the policy, which prohibits them from leaving school grounds from the first period of the day until the end of the day, including lunch.

The students had benefited from an open campus for 27 years.

According to the district, the measure will bring the school into compliance with the district's closed-campus policy. At the main high school, the policy was enforced nearly two years ago after a student was stabbed to death at a Dunkin' during lunch hours.

The district says it is revamping the lunch process and will make sure there are food choices and space to eat, including in the gymnasium and recreational areas.

In a statement, Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijoo said, "Students will be given menus to choose their lunch a day in advance. They will also be able to use the gymnasium for recreation during lunch."

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