Enforce required sit down time during lunch & breakfast Gettysburg Area Elementary Schools

Enforce required sit down time during lunch & breakfast Gettysburg Area Elementary Schools

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Jenine Weaver started this petition to Gettysburg Area School District School Board

**Edited to Add: I have to make some adjustments to the statement. It is NOT a Pennsylvania Law to have 30 minutes for lunch and 20 minutes for breakfast sit down time, it is the suggested. To fix this error, I have edited to adjust to the proper time GASD has in their policy. Changes are with two asterisks. With that said, It does not change my view. I still do not think our children are sitting down for those regulated times. The error changes the terms but does not change the fact that our children do not have enough time to eat**

My children have both come home from school in tears because they are rushed out of lunch and breakfast. They are forced to leave the cafeteria before they finish their food. They come home hungry and upset. This is unacceptable! We send our children to school expecting them learn. Hungry children are less likely to retain the material and score lower on tests (1). **EDIT: it is a suggestion, not a law** Pennsylvania suggests that public schools**20** minutes of sit down time for Lunch and **10** minutes of sit down time for breakfast. SIT DOWN TIME! (2) This is not happening in our schools! Parents sign regulations from the school board acknowledging our children's right to this time. So why isn't the Superintendent and the School Board holding our schools accountable for the law they are requiring?

It is  not just my kids going hungry, there are many Facebook posts and comments with the same concerns. I put a poll on Facebook asking if your elementary student had enough sit down time to eat. Almost 200 responses between 3 polls concluded that 89% of parents do NOT think their children have enough sit down time at lunch (3). This is a problem parents in Gettysburg are talking about and it needs to be fixed.

When children are rushed, they throw away 40% (4) more food and end up hungry. Hunger is associated with irritability and poor academic performance. (5) Longer the lunch times are proven to increase the healthy calories consumed. (5) Also, recess before lunch, instead of after lunch, is shown to increase the healthy calories consumed. (5) Our children are throwing away food they should and would be eating. Yet our schools are neglecting to follow the sit down law.

Approximately 65% of students ages 6 to 11 live in poverty in Gettysburg. (6)  About 45% of students qualify for free or reduced breakfast/lunches. (7) These children might not have another hot meal for the day. We need to stand up to fight hunger, right here in Gettysburg! We need hold the Superintendent and the School Board responsible for ensuring our elementary schools are following the law. Our children deserve time to eat. 

We are a strong community! We are better than this. Sign this petition so the Gettysburg Area School Administration hears our voices. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE **20** MINUTES SIT DOWN TIME FOR LUNCH AND **10** MINUTES SIT DOWN TIME FOR BREAKFAST!

Sign today. Help ignite the movement. Our children should not be rushed. They should not be hungry at school.

 

(1)https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/nutrition/facts.htm

(2) https://www.boarddocs.com/pa/gett/Board.nsf/Public?open&id=policies Policy 246, School Wellness, Page 9. In Gettysburg Area School District School Board Policies required by Pennsylvania state law 7 CFR, Sec. 210.10, 220.8, 42 U.S.C., Sec. 1751 et seq, 1773, 7 CFR, Sec 210.30, Pol. 808 

(3) https://www.facebook.com/jenine.weaver.1 (also posted on Borovent Gettysburg and Mommys Group)

(4) https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/timetoeat.asp Insight NFSMI

(5) http://depts.washington.edu/nutr/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Time-For-Lunch-Policy-Brief-NUTR531_winter2015.pdf

(6)http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Gettysburg-Pennsylvania.html

(7) https://www.niche.com/k12/d/gettysburg-area-school-district-pa/ (and) https://elementaryschools.org/directory/pa/cities/Gettysburg/

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