I am so encouraged by articles like this. I think most parents have no idea what their children are being served at school. I do, because my child is the one in thirteen children with a food allergy, and cupcakes could kill her. Schools have many rules intended for safety such as no flip flops (which they are dead serious about enforcing), however when it comes to allowing a steady onslaught of unsolicited junk food, they are powerless to enforce some guidelines? Allergens in the classroom violate a food allergic student’s right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment. Schools are legally obligated to provide a safe, inclusive school environment and these types of “celebrations” often trample the civil rights of students. Allergies aside, the use of food as entertainment in our schools promotes obesity and dishonors the authority parents have in making nutritional decisions for their families.
This feedback was sent by:Kim Middleton from Rancho Cucamonga, CALetters to the Editor