Outrageous Sugar Shutdown: WA School District Bans Edible Birthday Treats
A new Washington school district policy is not so sweet. Edmonds School District has banned edible birthday treats from the classroom, citing wellness concerns.
“No food is allowed as part of a birthday celebration,” the district’s wellness committee writes on its website. Instead, the school says students can bring in pencils, erasers or origami to celebrate their special day.
The school district’s website reads, “Food may be served at three classroom celebrations (such as seasonal, cultural or curriculum related) per classroom per year. The theme and time of year of the party is up to the discretion of the classroom teacher. If food is served it must meet the “Food Safety Guidelines For Room Parties” published by the Snohomish Health District. Due to the prevalence of students with severe food allergies, foods with nuts or tree nuts are strongly discouraged.”
Some parents support the new policy, while others believe the district is overreaching. What do you think? Sound off in the comments below.