Letter sent out from SD to all parents

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Just received this in the mail today:

"Dear Parents/Guardians:

___________ Schools is proud to join (our state) in an effort to promote better health for all citizens of our state. That effort must begin with our children, and we need your help in promoting healthy eating habits.

We request that you DO NOT send to school edible treats, such as cupcakes, candy and chips, for special activities and events. Non-edible treats, such as pencils and erasers, or healthier food choices are acceptable alternatives. BEFORE SENDING ANYTHING TO SCHOOL NEXT YEAR, WE ASK THAT YOU CONSULT WITH THE PRINCIPAL, WHO WILL GUIDE YOU CHOOSING HEALTHY TREATS FROM AN APPROVED LIST FOR DISTRIBUTION TO CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS.

Another reason that we must be careful in the selection of treats is that there are a number of children who have severe food allergies and medical problems, such as diabetes. Because of these medical problems, some children have restricted diets that they must follow at home and at school.

Please feel free to contact... if you have any questions or concerns..."

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Talk about a surprise!! I did not see this coming! The nutrition committee was working on something like this before school was out last year, but I wasn't contacted about it over the summer, so I didn't think this was anywhere NEAR ready to launch already!! (I'm on the committee, and it would've been nice to know about this, but I'm not knocking it!!!!!!)

The only thing I would've taken issue with is the line: "Because of these medical problems..." I'm thinking that kind of puts "blame" on these kids for the whole idea, when, really, this came down the pike from the State Ed. Dept. I would've liked to discuss this particular sentence over before it was included in the final letter.

Now, I'm thankful for this, but I'm waiting for the repercussions - I know there will be some, and they will eventually all trickle down to me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

[This message has been edited by Lam (edited August 05, 2006).]

On Aug 6, 2006

Wow! Great policy (I agree with you that the letter could have phrased the part about FA better, or left it out.) Can I ask what state you are in? And did your school always have a nutrition committee, or is it something recent - I am trying to get our school to start one.

On Aug 6, 2006

i'd love it if our school district followed this lead. it's a good thing for everyone...not just those with medical issues. it's a win/win if you ask me.

On Aug 7, 2006

To answer: I'm in WV.

THE REPERCUSSIONS HAVE STARTED ALREADY. I knew they would. The few people I've talked with are NOT happy about it AT ALL. They want to be able to celebrate their child's birthday at school by sending in the ever-popular cupcakes...

Others just do not want to be told what they can and cannot eat at school.

I hope the SD is up for this - it's really gonna hit the fan!!

On Aug 7, 2006

geez....i guess i'm not surprised there is already grumbling going on but if people stopped to REALLY think about this, they'd see this is best for everyone involved; not just those with fa's.

has anyone ever watched the kids at school "eat" those cupcakes????? most of them go straight in the trash and the only kids that actually eat them are usually the ones who definitely don't need them. i did not mean that to sound unkind...it's just that there are kids with trouble resisting food that eat anything that's put in front of them, whether they like it or not. (i happen to be an adult with this problem so i'm NOT throwing stones. i just think it's time to help kids be healthy rather than sabotaging them with cr*p food at school).

and, if helping others stay healthier also means helping those with food allergies stay safer...then that's just icing on the (cup)cake, right???? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

those who are grumbling need to poll their own children....."would you guys prefer another crisco icing laden cupcake or prepackaged, preserved snackcake OR would you rather have a party bag, a new gadget, pencil, eraser or some other type of reward like extra recess or hear a new story?"

i can guarantee you over 90% of them (if not all of them) would punt on the cupcake/junk food if given the option to switch to something they could take home and play with or use at school. i KNOW mine would.

this is just another case of people not wanting to be "told" what to do. funny thing is that they are fighting against something that's better for their own children as well as the minority with fa's.

On Aug 7, 2006

How can I find out how to get my school division to adopt guidelines like this? Is it something that will be mandatory at some point for all school divisions? Melissa

On Aug 14, 2006

Melissa,

I'm sorry for not getting back to this sooner.

I can't answer for everyone, of course. Our school district had their new guidelines handed down to them from our state. Maybe you could check your state website to see if something similar is on its way to your schools.

Also, I recently found out that PB is on the *approved* list. Great...

[This message has been edited by Lam (edited August 14, 2006).]

On Aug 23, 2006

Met with our new principal yesterday. She had just come from a meeting with our SD Superintendent. She told us that, at that meeting, the letter I posted above (about the "approved foods list") was discussed, and the principals REQUESTED that the SD just go ahead and make a POLICY that from here on out there is NO food sent in to school from home - AT ALL. (Aside from personal school lunches, of course.) And so it is.

Yeah!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

On Aug 23, 2006

wow!

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