A school in Sydney has issued a warning to students about using the food delivery service in their lunch break.

Teachers are fighting a losing battle as more and more students jump on board the UberEATS craze, even during their lunch break at school. Instead of collecting a handful of coins from their bag and heading to the canteen, students are now turning to their phone to have food delivered from their favourite eateries right to the school gate.

It’s About Safety

Canley Vale High School in Sydney’s south-west issued a statement on their Facebook page announcing a ban on the use of UberEATS during school hours.

“Dear Parents and Students, UberEATS is not to be purchased and delivered to the school. The school does not permit food to be delivered to the school at any time. Students who are caught during the school day receiving food through the school fence will receive consequences.”

A spokesperson for the school told the Daily Mail that it was an issue of safety. “Children shouldn’t be approaching someone at a gate,” they said. We have to admit that as parents, there is an assumption that teachers will ensure that children will be safe at school, which makes it hard to argue with Canley Vale’s strict approach.

Opinion is Divided

Not all parents believe that the school’s approach is in the best interests of its students, despite the legal age of users on UberEATS restricted to 18 years and over. One parent said, “what a joke…stop this narcissistic ruling of non-freedom right now and let students decide how they live their lives!” Another said, “with the way canteen prices were going before we left, I’m not surprised the kids are using UberEATS.”

Concerns For Safety

A similar issue arose last year in Adelaide, when Marryatville High School banned the use of the app following concerns for safety as a result of students leaving the school grounds to collect their delivery. An UberEATS spokesperson told TripleM “If it comes to our attention that an account is being used by a person under the age of 18, we will take appropriate steps to prevent the account holder from accessing the UberEATS app.”

Personally, we’re amazed that teenagers can afford UberEATS – maybe we need to look at making our canteens more diverse, with healthy options, to ensure that students are content with what’s available inside the school grounds.

Do you think students should be allowed to have food delivered to school? Tell us in the comments below!


  • Unless it’s the parents delivering the food, no the students shouldn’t be able to use food delivery services whilst at school


  • Yes there should be a bn on Uber eats it’s bad for the children’s health. It is a WHS risk and it’s a risk to other students. Teachers cannot always be around and Uber eats delivers I’m guessing do not need to under go working with children checks. I’m guessing you need to be over 18 to have the Uber eats app anyway


  • I think a ban for safety reasons is entirely fair.


  • Crazy to think anyone could order from uber eats at school. They should save their money and pack lunch or support the school canteen. School was right to ban.


  • I agree with the schools decision. Kids can’t be waiting outside the grounds for their food and office staff shouldn’t have to deal with lots of deliveries either.


  • Perhaps the uber eats delivery people all need a working with children police check! Crazy stuff


  • How on earth do they afford Uber Eats? Surely making lunch is far cheaper than buying lunch at school age. Maybe some lessons in money management/financial literacy?

    • Surely the school does have the right to decide on people accessing the school grounds?


  • Can understand the safely concerns for the children. Hope they can fix what their canteen sells and try to make it appealing for the kids to buy from there.
    Is there any way they can have a teacher on duty monitoring the safety of uber eats for those who are wanting to order??


  • For the students safety I get it, but they need to ensure the food is appealing so children don’t go with out lunch because they don’t like the canteen offering.


  • I used to wag to go to KFC. Do they really think that isn’t going to happen if they ban uber eats? I know which I’d prefer my kid doing.


  • The school is right they should ban Uber eats


  • What if something happens to the students while they are waiting outside the school grounds for the delivery? Would the school be made accountable? In that case, I am with the school’s rule.


  • I understand the schools point. They could work themselves to make canteen food more diverse, healthy and attractive in prices. And personally I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a good packed lunchbox and if you wish have food delivered at home after school hours.


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