I was speaking to my superintendant today regarding the Nutrition and Reauthorization Act of 2004.
My district is waiting on making "Wellness Policies" and Implementation until "guidelines" and recommendations from [i]state agencies[/i] (ie: interpretation) comes through. Where the line is drawn. There is no committee even yet to address it. Or so I am told. They are also waiting on word of [i]funding[/i].
Anywhooooooooooooooo. The superintendant inferred they were being very cautious about even categorizing certain fast food "junk food" until then. Some legal thing I thing. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
As to where the line will be drawn in many regards, I queried: "Well, you can always draw it higher, yes?"
paraphrased reply was that we live in a "democracy" (republic?) and that we can't tell people how to "raise their children".
I responded "Well, they can bring "junk food" in their *own* lunch, if they want yes?
And then came the discussion about keeping people happy. [i]Democracy[/i].
I mean, I tend to look at many of these "Treat Day" and extra types of food days as [i]popularity contests[/i]. All these extra reasons to feed somebody else's children people dream up, I mean. Sure, I understand the need for "Federal reduced rate lunches."
Personally? I think the only "democracy" the school district needs is [i]doing their job[/i]. What they are required to do. I don't see providing popularity contests as part of it.....
No advice, just a rant.
On Jan 19, 2006
You know what I find "interesting" about your above post? Let's take another area--clothes. Can the students in the school wear just anything they want? Of course not. There is a dress code.
Funny how food is such a powerful thing, and everyone (guess I should specifically say the superintendent) is tip-toeing around a "food code".
So school is a democracy, huh. My own home is NOT a democracy. Basically do as I say...or else. I mean, we have standards in our house. My kids can't just do anything they want.
Sadly, there are many homes in which kids can. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]