Time on Learning

In February 2015, Commissioner Mitchell Chester released a clarification stating that instruction

provided during Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) can count toward meeting a school's structured learning time requirement. You can read the full text here.  In order for breakfast to count, the following conditions must be met:

  • The students must be in a classroom or other separate space conducive to learning, not in the cafeteria or other common space shared with other classes
  • A teacher must be present and actively leading instructional activites.
  • No more than 15 minutes should be allotted for distribution of the breakfast, eating, and cleanup.

This clarification was released in response to hearing from "a number of districts that would like to offer [Breakfast in the Classroom] if the time can count toward the structured learning time requirement." It paves the way for many more Massachusetts districts to implement BIC and ensure their students are ready to learn each day.