Revisit the WCPS Policy Prohibiting Snacks of Any Kind at Celebrations-
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Recently the Washington County Public School system updated their wellness policy to include the following:
- Classroom celebrations will not include food but will offer age appropriate activities.
We the undersigned would like this policy to be revisited, and to see if a better compromise can be obtained.
It seems that in many schools, all extra foods have been prohibited and this is affecting the classroom in many ways, from celebrations to teaching with foods. Students looks forward to these small delights.
And celebrations, which are supposed to be an uplifting and fun experience for students, lacks without the traditional special snacks. Teachers already provide age appropriate activities during a celebration.
Through my own research I have found that Washington County is the only county in Maryland that has completely forbidden celebratory snacks. While we feel that good nutrition is important and allergy issues require the full attention of all involved, we believe that our schools should allow at the very least, ‘smart snacks’ and other healthy options during the school day for celebrations and other classroom functions.
Food is not the enemy, it literally sustains life. And instead of steering policy to celebrate healthy snacks, we have removed yet another thing that students love. If the reason behind the removal was better nutrition then the policy makes little sense because it could have easily been revised to include healthy choices, but it wasn’t.
Instead it was just eradicated.
Please reconsider this policy and instead let’s work with a healthy food list that will satisfy all parties.
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