Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers Newsletter
hile the importance of breakfastis not in question, theimplementation of the Breakfast inthe Classroom program is causingtension.“It does take extra time,” said onesecond-grade teacher. “I’m lucky tohave wonderful parents helping,but not everyone has that. Still, itcuts into instructional time.”Administrators put forth tworeasons for the School BreakfastPrograms (SBP):
Children who eat breakfastwill score higher on mathtests.
The district can earn extrarevenue by serving morebreakfasts.“Research consistently shows thathungry students cannot learn,”according to former StateSuperintendent of PublicEducation, Jack O’Connell. “TheSBP is an easy way to enhancechildren’s health and improve their academic achievement.”Higher testing scores would beuniversally celebrated, however,given the reduced instructionaltime from the current SBP, it’sdifficult to expect less teaching toproduce higher scores.
Teacher or Custodian? Breakfast inthe Classroom Brings Added Duties
By Gabriana Marks
Though some teachers support theprogram, more than half of thosesurveyed at one elementary schoolwere against it. Reasons citedincluded less instructional time,spilt milk and the ensuing stench,ants and loss of crucial teacher prep time.“Breakfast in the Classroomdetracts from theacademic focusof theclassroom,” saidanother teacher who rolled outthe program toher classrecently. “We should better utilizethe cafeteria.”No classified staff is paid for thisclassroom food service. Studentspick up wagons from the cafeteriaand then teachers monitor thedistribution and clean up. Theprogram’s profits require the freeservices of the classroom teacher,a consequence that has the unionin talks with the district.Breakfast at the Break is another option that’s been discussed.The program is currently beingimplemented at Starlight, HA Hyde,Calabasas andLandmark elementaryschools. Ann SoldoElementary is the nextschool set to beginBreakfast in theClassroom.Union leaders have filed agrievance regarding this issue. Inthe meantime, teachers must abideby district mandates regardingbreakfast. PVFT is working closelywith site reps and teachers ataffected schools.
s difﬁcult to expectless teachingto produce higherscores.