In an effort to provide quality education, some schools in the Jefferson Elementary School District will begin offering students breakfast to start their day.
Enrique Navas, the district superintendent of business services, said the correlation between breakfast and the ability to concentrate was one reason the district decided to create a pilot program that would allow students to buy breakfast before class.
“There’s a link between nutrition and learning,” he said. “We believe our students will be in a better position to learn if they have some type of meal in morning.”
The Jefferson Elementary School District serves roughly 6,700 students in 14 schools throughout Daly City, Colma and parts of Pacifica.
The cost of the meal will be $1.50 per student. For those qualifying for free and reduced lunch, breakfast will cost 30 cents. Navas said this pilot program will be a sort of hybrid of breakfast options. He said not only will students get a balanced meal, but some schools will allow students to arrive early for breakfast and others to purchase and eat during their first recess of the day.
“It will vary from school to school,” he said. “How it will work will be based on staffing for supervision; if there is existing staff in the morning we will offer the meal before school.”
School board President Adam Duran said the district wants to offer a nutritious meal to all students before starting class for the day.
Duran said as a parent of a student at Daniel Webster Elementary School, he would be happy to know his son was getting a nutritious meal after he leaves for work.
“If I’m not watching him, he’ll have just a banana,” he said. “I’m getting ready for work and I’m getting him ready for school; it’s just one less thing I will have to worry about.”
Navas said some of the eight elementary schools and one middle school chosen for the pilot program were asked to participate because of the number of free and reduced lunches.
Menus have not been determined, but healthy meals with limited sugars will be the focus.
Principal Aurora Sweet of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, one of the schools in the pilot breakfast program, said she thinks families will be receptive to the school offering the morning meal.
“We know there’s a link between a good healthy breakfast and getting through the day,” she said.
If successful, breakfast will be offered in all schools in the 2011-12 school year.
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Jefferson Elementary School District will offer breakfast at eight of its schools:
- Woodrow Wilson
- George Washington
- Susan B. Anthony
- John F. Kennedy
- Garden Village
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Benjamin Franklin
Source: Jefferson Elementary School District