Some schools in Illinois are now required to serve breakfast even if the student is late. WSLTV.com reports that a new state law “requires districts that have more than 70 percent of students from low income families to provide a “Breakfast After the Bell Program.”
Meridian High School Principal Tony Rinella told WSLTV that they have never turned away a student that asks for breakfast.
The National Education Association (NEA) points out that around the nation “Breakfast After the Bell Serves Up Success. NEA reports:
Secondary school principals across the nation are rallying around a new take on the School Breakfast Program called “Breakfast after the Bell”. In fact, 87% of principals who implemented the program believe that other principals should explore launching a similar program. Echoing the results of the Elementary school report that the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) put out earlier this year, implementing a Breakfast after the Bell program in secondary schools proved to be a superior alternative to the traditional before-school breakfast program.
NEA reports there are three models for Breakfast after the Bell:
· “Grab and go” breakfasts are provided in prepackaged brown bags and are distributed to students throughout the school.
· Second chance breakfast is during an extended morning break where students can get breakfast from the cafeteria.
· Breakfast in the classroom is delivered directly to classrooms.