District of Columbia - Time to eat: Program requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires at least 20 minutes to eat lunch after sitting down.

Code of the District of Columbia § 38–822.03. Additional requirements for public school meals.

(b) Public schools, public charter schools, and participating private schools shall:

  • (5) Provide at least 30 minutes for students to eat lunch and sufficient time during the lunch period for every student to pass through the food service line; ...
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