In 2016, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Breakfast After the Bell legislation. Breakfast After the Bell ensures kids in 890 schools across the state have access to the fuel they need from a healthy breakfast to learn and succeed in the classroom.
BE READY TO IMPLEMENT A BREAKFAST AFTER THE BELL PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL THIS YEAR!
FAQ’s about Breakfast After the Bell:
Q: What does Breakfast After the Bell mean?
A: Breakfast is to be served after the instructional day begins.
Q: Which schools are impacted by the Breakfast After the Bell law?
A: Schools that have 70% or more of the student population eligible for free or reduced-price meals are to serve breakfast as part of the school day.
Q: When does the Breakfast After the Bell law go into effect in schools?
A: Schools impacted by the law should have implemented a Breakfast After the Bell program in the fall of 2017.
Q: What is an acceptable breakfast delivery model under the law?
A: Schools may choose a breakfast model (Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab ‘N’ Go, Second Chance, or a Combination) that best suits their needs.
Q: Where do I begin?
A: The Playbook: Breakfast After the Bell Implementation Tool Kit.
The Playbook is a resource for everything you need to know from the first day you decide to implement a Breakfast After the Bell program until the first day of service. The Playbook has step by step instructions for principals, school nutrition staff, and teachers to implement a successful Breakfast After the Bell program.
In addition to implementation tools the Playbook has educational videos, marketing and promotional resources, Breakfast After the Bell success stories from Illinois schools, and testimonials from your peers on how Breakfast After the Bell has impacted their classrooms and schools.