Principals, Take Action!

Research shows that students who eat breakfast perform better in school, both academically and behaviorally. This means improved test scores and fewer trips to the principal's office. Unfortunately, schools often serve breakfast before the school day officially begins which can limit student participation. Many students who take the bus or whose parents drop them off arrive to school after the breakfast service has ended. Those who do arrive early to eat school breakfast often experience a stigma associated with participating in the breakfast program.

 

Principal

Action Step: Incorporate breakfast into the school day

Principals need to prioritize school breakfast in order to ensure that all students start each day ready to learn. Structure the day to make school breakfast accessible to all students.

Strategies:

  • Serve breakfast in the classroom.
  • Provide Grab n' Go breakfast bags for students to take as they enter the building.
  • Require all students to enter the building through the door closest to the cafeteria. Make the cafeteria the mandatory morning gathering place for students before they head to their classrooms.
  • Encourage teachers, coaches, and advisors to hold tutoring sessions, athletic team meetings, and activity groups in the cafeteria.
  • Cycle students down to the cafeteria in 10-minute intervals during homeroom or morning activities.
Tools: Guide to Breakfast in the Classroom, Starting or Expanding a School Breakfast Program, Breakfast Flyers