Mississippi - Time to eat: Program requirement

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

Title 7. Part 3. Chapter 38: Healthy and Safe Schools
j. Minimum and maximum time allotment for students and staff lunch and breakfast periods

  • i. Schools shall schedule at least a minimum of 24 minutes to ensure an adequate eating time for school lunch. The factors influencing the lunch period are wait time, consumption time, standard deviation/variability and social time.
  • ii. Since school breakfast is not factored into the regular school day, schools should take into consideration the recommended time of 10 minutes for a child to eat school breakfast after they have received the meal.
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