French fries replaced the French Revolution for some high school students who couldn’t resist eating lunch at Jumpin’ Jacks on opening day Thursday.
Scotia-Glenville School District spokesman Robert Hanlon said 200 of the school’s 950 students brought in notes from parents saying they had to leave school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The district has an attendance policy saying people can leave the building with a parent’s note. However, Hanlon said this was well above the average for excused absences. “We have 15 to 20 a day.”
Most cited some type of personal business such as a doctor’s or dentist appointment. One parent might have been a bit too honest. “We did have one note that says my child is going to Jumpin’ Jacks, and it’s marked as an illegal absence,” Hanlon said.
The district has parent signatures on file in case anyone tried to forge a note. Seniors who have special privileges do not need a note.
Jumpin’ Jacks manager Mark Lansing Jr. confirmed there was a large contingent of high school-age kids.
Opening day went very well, he said. “There were people waiting in line as early as 8 o’clock.”
New this year is an Italian sausage and peppers sandwich.
The students returned to their classes after lunch at the popular summer eating spot. Hanlon added that Principal Lynda Castronovo said she observed lots of kids walking across the bridge from Schenectady.
“Apparently, this happens every single year,” he said.
Hanlon said other popular times when students leave school are before school breaks and the day before the prom.