The St. Francis School District will launch a pilot breakfast program at Deer Creek Intermediate and Willow Glen Primary schools this fall.
If the program, set to begin in October or November, is found to increase student concentration and improve behavior during the early hours of the school day, it will be continued into the spring, Business Manager Julie Kelly said at a July 7 School Board work session.
There is good reason to believe serving breakfast will result in those improvements, she said. The Cudahy School District has already begun a breakfast program at two of its schools and found discipline was positively affected.
St. Francis' breakfast program will be offered free of charge or at a reduced price to children in the free and reduced-cost lunch program. Other children will pay about $1, Kelly estimated, noting that hikes in food and gas prices could cause that price to increase.
"Our goal was to offer breakfast to all students, so every child would have the ability to have a full breakfast," she said. The specifics of what will be served are unknown at this time.
Students also may bring a breakfast from home to eat at school.
A record will be kept of which students took breakfasts from the school. That record will be submitted to the state Department of Public Instruction, and the district will be reimbursed for the food eaten by students receiving free and reduced-cost lunches.
St. Francis School Board members will discuss the pilot breakfast program in more detail at a later date, Kelly said. They have yet to decide if the breakfast should be offered before or during school hours, and do not yet know what the cost to run the program will be.
Board Clerk Kathy Rutter, who teaches in the South Milwaukee School District, said a breakfast program during school hours works well because the students who will benefit from such a program the most tend to arrive to school late.
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