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House Bill No. 5344

Public Act No. 04-224

AN ACT CONCERNING CHILDHOOD NUTRITION IN SCHOOLS, RECESS AND LUNCH BREAKS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004) Each local and regional board of education shall require each school under its jurisdiction to (1) offer all full day students a daily lunch period of not less than twenty minutes, and (2) include in the regular school day for each student enrolled in grades kindergarten to five, inclusive, a period of physical exercise, except that a planning and placement team may develop a different schedule for a child requiring special education and related services in accordance with chapter 164 of the general statutes and the Individual With Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC 1400 et seq. , as amended from time to time. In the event of a conflict with this section and any provision of chapter 164 of the general statutes, such other provision of chapter 164 of the general statutes shall be deemed controlling.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004) Each local and regional board of education shall make available in the schools under its jurisdiction for purchase by students enrolled in such schools nutritious, low-fat foods and drinks, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, low-fat milk, one hundred per cent natural fruit juices and water at all times when drink is available for purchase by students in such schools and low-fat dairy products and fresh or dried fruit at all times when food is available for purchase by students in such schools during the regular school day.

Approved on June 8, 2004