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HB 1295: Relating to breakfast after the bell programs in certain public schools

HB 1295 implements a model that increases breakfast participation rates by requiring public schools with 70% or more students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals to serve breakfast after the beginning of the school day, including between morning classes, during first period, or homeroom.

This program is to be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year with the assistance of staff providing technical and marketing assistance from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and implementation input from the families of students who may participate in this program. Annual evaluations of participation rates will be conducted by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, in consultation with community food and nutrition experts.

Bill as amended by the Education Committee: As amended, HB 1295 requires the financial assistance the state must provide consist of one-time start-up allocation grants of $6,000 to each high-needs school implementing a BAB program. OSPI must make BAB-participation rates publicly available and incorporate the annual collection of information about BAB-delivery models into existing data systems and make the information publicly available. Additionally, OSPI must maintain a list of opportunities for philanthropic support of school breakfast programs and make the list available to schools interested in the BAB program, rather than requiring the OSPI to partner with philanthropic organizations. The provision that specifies that the period of time designated for student participation in the BAB program must be considered part of instructional time if students are provided the opportunity to engage in educational activity concurrently with the consumption of breakfast is rephrased and moved from the description of BAB to the statute defining instructional hours.

A null and void clause is added.