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Food in the Classroom

Monday, August 11, 2014

“No Food” in the classroom has been a long standing policy of DC Public Schools. DC “Healthy Schools Act of 2010” established the “Breakfast in The Classroom” (BIC) program resulting in school policy revision allowing food to be served in the classrooms. This is a proven program and has many benefits including proper nutrition and prepares students to be ready to learn.

Menus are simple and planned to reduce messiness. Menus include items that are hand-held and easily eaten by students. Since the establishment of the BIC program some schools have begun serving lunch and snacks in the classroom. Food in the classroom creates many new concerns from increased pest activity to unpleasant odors if trash is not promptly removed. Food consumed in the classroom other than the “Breakfast in the Classroom” program must meet very strict guidelines and criteria.