Re "Keep school breakfast, parents urge," May 1
No one wants to deny breakfast to hungry kids. The question is where and when they will eat. Breakfast should be served in the school lunch area before class.
California sets a minimum number of instructional minutes per year, and lunch and recess are timed to comply. I don't understand how it's even legal to knock off up to 30 minutes for breakfast.
Food detritus in the classroom is a big problem. I'll never forget the day a big red cockroach got on my shoe. My students learned how fast I can dance.
If students come to school late and hungry, they are fed anyway because schools are humane and cafeteria workers care about children. But food must be kept in eating areas, and parents should feed their kids or get them to school in time for breakfast in the cafeteria.
Every instructional minute counts.
The article mentioned common foods served for breakfast in many L.A. Unified classrooms: blueberry muffins, waffles and pancakes.
These are part of the "nutritious breakfasts" given to students? No wonder one mother quoted in the article said her children prefer to eat breakfast at school.
They might as well just serve doughnuts. Or are the blueberries in the muffins counted as a fruit, just as some say ketchup is a vegetable?
San Juan Capistrano
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