Bill S52-2011

Requires school lunch periods to be scheduled between two and one-half hours and four hours after the start of the school day

Requires school lunch periods to be scheduled between two and a half hours and four hours after the start of the school day.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO EDUCATION

Memo

BILL NUMBER:S52

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to scheduling school lunch periods

PURPOSE OF BILL: This bill would require school lunch periods to be scheduled between two and one-half hours and four hours after the start of the school day.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 813 of the education law, as added by chapter 296 of the laws of 1994, is amended to provide that school lunch periods would be scheduled for at least two and one-half hours but not more than four hours after the start of the school day for those attending full day pre-kindergarten through grade twelve.

JUSTIFICATION: The current law requires that lunch be served at a "reasonable" time, but does not define what is reasonable. As school districts deal with overcrowding issues, many schools schedule lunch at an unreasonably early or late time. This bill will specify the reasonable hours within which schools can serve lunch.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2009-10: S.5285 (Squadron) - Education, A.7439 (Kavanagh) - Education

FISCAL IMPACT ON THE STATE: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the first of August occurring in the year two years after which this act becomes a law.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 52 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sen. SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to scheduling school lunch periods THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 813 of the education law, as added by chapter 296 of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows: S 813. School lunch period; scheduling. Each school shall schedule [a reasonable time] TIMES FOR STUDENTS TO CONSUME LUNCH THAT BEGIN NO EARLIER THAN TWO AND ONE-HALF HOURS AND NO LATER THAN FOUR HOURS AFTER THE START OF THE SCHOOL DAY for each full day pupil attending pre-kin- dergarten through grade twelve [to consume lunch]. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of August occurring in the year two years after which this act becomes a law.

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