ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - When school starts in a few weeks, Albemarle High School will implement a new school lunch schedule to attempt to feed all 2,000 students in a 45-minute period.

The change is to combat the growing population of the school, which was built in 1953 to accommodate 800 students and now expects to enroll more than 2,000 this fall.

Most recently, the school operated on four lunch periods a day starting at 10:30 a.m., but the single 45-minute lunch period hopes to help manage everyone’s time better.

AHS principal Jesse Turner came up with the idea after conducting a survey last fall with students and parents, who supported his plan. Turner hopes that the one period solution will also have an effect on academics.

“We’re excited about that because it’s going to allow us to help children who need more structure or more help in terms of doing well in their classes,” Turner said.

Turner also hopes that the new lunch will foster responsibility in students.

“We also are able to create more time for our enrichment and intervention period so we’re excited about that,” Turner said.

Seniors will have the option to go off of school grounds with parent permission every day, as long as they return for their next class on time. Previously, seniors were only allowed to leave during lunch once a week.

“We’re trying to prepare young people for life after high school,” Turner said. “They’re going to be able to [leave for lunch] in college and some of the jobs they have, they’ll be able to do that.”

During the lunch period, an expected 1,000 students will be purchasing lunch from options in the cafeteria, as well as a grab-and-go bistro that will be set up in the gymnasium.