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Old 02-16-2012, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Wow, I never knew schools could do this kind of thing.

I try to eat healthy now as an adult, but I must admit I remember when I was a kid there have been a few times when I didn't have such a healthy outlook (I remember this one time, I filled a lunch box with Fruity Pebbles cereal and took it to school for lunch ). Also a friend of mine tells me that in elementary school there have been so many times when all he had taken for lunch was a really large chocolate bar.

We'd have our lunches confiscated for sure too many times, if those rules had held in our schools back then!
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: here
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Because the government advice about what is healthy is basically wrong. The advice has way too many carbs, especially for diabetics.
I have to wonder about the kids with allergies or dietary restrictions.

When one of mine was in preschool a reminder was given to all parents that several snacks don't equal a lunch. This irked me because it depends on the snacks; and because the kids are only there for 3 hours. So I don't send fruit to school every day. Maybe he had fruit for snack right before school and will have it again when we get home, 30 minutes after they eat at school.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Hypothetically, say a teacher sees a kid open their lunch box and all that's in it is candy. What, if anything, do you think should be said/done?
Honestly, I don't know. Did the child forget his/her lunch? Is the child too full from breakfast to eat his/her lunch? Will there be a classroom snack later on? Is the "candy" really a breakfast bar? Is this a one time thing or does this happen every day?

Most likely, I would treat it as a "forgotten lunch" and send a note home to the parents to let them know what had happened and try to figure out was going on. It's possible that the child packed his/her own lunch and the parent isn't aware of what was packed.

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Old 02-16-2012, 02:49 PM
 
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Wow, I never knew schools could do this kind of thing.

I try to eat healthy now as an adult, but I must admit I remember when I was a kid there have been a few times when I didn't have such a healthy outlook (I remember this one time, I filled a lunch box with Fruity Pebbles cereal and took it to school for lunch ). Also a friend of mine tells me that in elementary school there have been so many times when all he had taken for lunch was a really large chocolate bar.

We'd have our lunches confiscated for sure too many times, if those rules had held in our schools back then!
Lol - I remember those days well. Wow - some of the crap we used to eat .

There was no childhood obesity epidemic back then, either. Hmmmm.
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Hypothetically, say a teacher sees a kid open their lunch box and all that's in it is candy. What, if anything, do you think should be said/done?
I would think that the teacher should discuss it with the parent.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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I would think that the teacher should discuss it with the parent.
I agree. If a teacher sees something that does not seem right it is not the teacher's job to make a decision about what is right. However, it is appropriate to communicate your observations with the parent so that the parent can make any decisions.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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Okay, so the teacher should give the child something more healthy (rather than take anything away) and talk to the parent first. I agree. But what if nothing changes?

Personally, I think there is and should be a limit. I think there should be some point where teachers (and/or the state) can get involved. But of course, I think there should be some guidelines requiring it to be just about this dramatic before they're given any authority. Case by case basis, as I'm sure it's been in most schools for a while now. I'm just an anchor; I wanted to respond to the idea that parents should always be given full authority, no matter what.
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:46 PM
 
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There is nothing in the law that allows for packed lunches to be taken away and the law has provisions for children with eating problems. I went and looked. This was ridiculous and may have been made up entirely by the website folks. Otherwise it was a single incident where someone misinterpreted the law.

Here is the actual law.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-201...l4-part210.pdf
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:50 PM
 
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Wow, I never knew schools could do this kind of thing.

I try to eat healthy now as an adult, but I must admit I remember when I was a kid there have been a few times when I didn't have such a healthy outlook (I remember this one time, I filled a lunch box with Fruity Pebbles cereal and took it to school for lunch ). Also a friend of mine tells me that in elementary school there have been so many times when all he had taken for lunch was a really large chocolate bar.

We'd have our lunches confiscated for sure too many times, if those rules had held in our schools back then!
Actually, they can't. If a child doesn't have a lunch, the schools can provide one. There is no provision for inspecting a child's lunch from home at all in the law.
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Old 02-16-2012, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Jersey
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There is nothing in the law that allows for packed lunches to be taken away and the law has provisions for children with eating problems. I went and looked. This was ridiculous and may have been made up entirely by the website folks. Otherwise it was a single incident where someone misinterpreted the law.

Here is the actual law.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-201...l4-part210.pdf
What do you mean made up entirely by the website? you mean the blogger who wrote about it?
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