More Fuel For School

More Fuel For School

A LA CARTE Junior Frank Hartwell IV grabs a bag breakfast from Carmen Rodriguez at one of the carts before school on Nov. 1. Starting this week, students can also grab a "Second Chance Breakfast" between the first two periods of each day. The school is testing out the program for two weeks.

Second Chance Breakfast is getting a second chance.

For two weeks, starting yesterday, breakfast will be served during the passing period between the first two periods of the day for students who missed eating at home or at Fremont High School before school.

Food service officials at the school and district level will see how the test period goes and may make adjustments to the so called Second Chance Breakfast.

The original plan for Second Chance Breakfast was for students who had missed Grab and Go breakfast from carts or who missed eating in the cafeteria before school to get breakfast delivered to them in class during the last five minutes of the first period of the day.

To prepare for the original breakfast schedule, the school had extended the first period class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays by five minutes, fifth period on Wednesdays and third period on Thursdays by five minutes. Under the new rotating bell schedule, those periods start each day.

Instead of getting out at 3:15 p.m. as in previous years, students have been getting out at 3:20 p.m. — all because of the Second Chance Breakfast program.

But by the 10th week of school, no Second Chance Breakfast had been served. Students had attended nearly 240 extra minutes of school, or four hours, for breakfasts that never were served.

Students are not happy about all the extra minutes they attended school with no breakfasts being served.

“It’s very bogus that school is extended,” said sophomore Steven Seng. “It’s real annoying that they keep adding minutes to our school time.”

Gharam Homran, another sophomore, is upset for a different reason.

“I’m really mad,” she said. “Students have not been not getting the breakfast that the school said they were going to give them.”

Originally, Hurst said that the program was going to require students who wanted a late breakfast to punch in codes to make sure they weren’t getting more than one breakfast, but school officials decided that the codes would have taken too much time.

In the end, school officials decided that since the Oakland Unified School District already allows every student at Fremont to have a free breakfast, it would not matter if some students got more than one breakfast as long as the total number of breakfasts was not higher than the number of students enrolled at Fremont.

“The school rules state that no student can grab two breakfasts or two lunches [so]how can we make sure no one eats twice?” said Hurst during a press conference.“If a student gets two breakfasts, they’re probably hungry.”

Another problem that was encountered by the administration was that it was impossible for breakfast to get delivered all across campus in under five minutes. Not only is there not enough time to deliver the breakfast, there are not enough people hired to deliver the Second Chance Breakfast to all 800 students.

Many students felt that if Second Chance Breakfast was not taking place, then it would only be fair for the school to give them back the five extra minutes.

“We are leaving [the] bell schedule as it is until we figure that one out,” said Hurst.

During the two-week experiment of the Second Chance Breakfast, the school cafeteria workers and staff  will see how many students actually grab a breakfast and take it to class.

“After that, we will come up with a final plan of how to actually [make it work],” said Hurst.

The plan will be finalized when students return to school after Thanksgiving Break.