(LATIMES) ā€” An L.A. Unified program to serve breakfast in the classroom to make sure students donā€™t start school hungry has increased pests, created messes and cut down on instructional time, according to a teacher survey released Monday.

In an online survey conducted last month, United Teachers Los Angeles found that more than half of 729 respondents disliked the program but would support it if sanitation and time issues were resolved.

More than half said that they have seen an increase in bugs and rodents in their classrooms, and that it takes an average of 30 minutes to set up the breakfast, feed the students and clean up.

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