by Kate Billingsley
On Feb. 21, Principal Penny Gros tweeted a poll, asking students how they would react if a Second Chance Breakfast was added into the daily schedule at J.E.B. Stuart HS. The break would take place between first block, and third period. A whopping 84% of the voters responded with “Yes, I would eat then.” During the week of Mar. 20, Stuart Administration decided to try out the idea of the Second Chance Breakfast. The Second Chance Breakfast would take place during an extended, 12 minute, transition time between the first two periods of the day.
Although the transition time is extended, instructional time will remain sound. The extra five minutes of transition will be taken from the daily return period, which is not used for teachers to teach the curriculum, but for test review, remediation, and more.
The concept of a Second Chance Breakfast is happening at other high schools in the county, and comes with many benefits. It allows students to get breakfast at school, even if they get to school too late to get it before school.
The main goal of this is to cut down on tardies, both before first block, and third period. After this testing period, administration studied the data. Tardies for first block, as well as third period went down, and the number of people buying breakfast increased.
After Spring Break, Principal Gros announced via Twitter that Second Chance Breakfast will be a permanent addition to the school day, starting on Apr. 18.
Principal Gros believes that second chance breakfast is a great opportunity for students saying, “We are excited to offer the second chance breakfast as we feel strongly that it will improve achievement and focus for students. We are never at our best when we are hungry and our new bell schedule (with the later start time) has continued to present challenges with allowing students enough time prior to school to access breakfast. We also know that not all students are hungry first thing in the morning so hopefully getting a second chance at eating something healthy, will result in improved outcomes for our students.”