Some Chicago schools have banned lunches from home (unless a medical excuse is given). Reasoning: school lunches are healthier.
Sack lunch ban in Chicago
What do you think of this decision?
* Reasonable school response to some children's poor lunch choices
* Blatant violation of parent's rights
* Good way to ensure income for companies providing lunch services
I'm admitting that if I had shackles, they would be raised. The quality of many school lunches is way inferior to those I or the children would pack. In spite of the fact we home schooled, the kids occasionally attended classes and workshops and could eat at the school. I believe each may have tried once. When lunches are lean proteins, whole grain, fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy fats and devoid of sugars, I might reconsider my position.
If their *only* reason is because they think its healthier, then i don't think that is their choice. That is my choice.
Were that the case here, I would put my kids in private school. I believe that all children have a right to eat foods that a family prefers ~ whether it is gluten free or meat free or pesticide free or appropriate to their culture .... whatever. I don't believe that a SD should be able to mandate what my kids can or can't put in their bodies during designated eating times. There is no way I would want my kids eating cheap, mass produced food the likes of which we don't eat at home and which does not align with our personal ethics (like factory farmed meat or eggs or whatever) 5 days/week.
No way! I would have a big problem with paying for a substandard lunch (which they are in many schools here) when I can provide something heathier for less cost that I know my child will eat. We also have a lot of allergies in the family so there are things that we don't eat or limit (perservatives, colours, nitrates, msg etc). I would not want DD to be eating these things on a regular basis when half the family have major reactions to them.
If that were happening in our PS system, I would unify with other parents and contest it. I think it's awful that such a decision be left for one person to decide. And in the example of this principal's reasoning of seeing what they ate on a field trip is ridiculous. When one of my older kids went on a special field trip with their class, I always allowed them a special treat as part of their lunch that is not considered "healthy." But that doesn't mean the rest of the school year, they're not eating healthy.
And to see how many students are physically throwing away all of the food uneaten, is more alarming than to see them eat small portions of unhealthy food. Such control in that environment is obviously not working nor is it healthy to see them not eat the entire day because of what's forced upon them. It's also not teaching children to make healthier decisions on what they will put into their body when offered choices. It should be left to the parents to decide what meal plan is best for their own children. I would be livid to know my $2.25/meal per child was just being thrown in the trash because my kids hated what was on the menu that day with no other alternatives. I do think that example of one school who removed what they considered unhealthy food that was brought in for lunch, but returned at the end of the day to be a bit more reasonable. At least the student would learn not to bring that item any more and choose an alternative the next day.
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This is wrong on so many levels that I honestly am having trouble conceiving that a school district would think it's okay to mandate a ban on home lunches.
Some families may not have the resources or knowledge to contest such an action. To me school lunches are not far behind fast food. The ingredients don't meet my rigid personal guidelines. And that would be for 1/3 of my child's meals.
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OMG. I would be so livid. I have yet to see a healthy lunch in any government facility. I can't believe that they would rather have students pay for a lunch and then throw it away than allow the parents to decide what their own kid is going to eat that day. What a waste.
I'm curious as to how they could force the parents to pay for these lunches. What happens if parents refuse to pay do the kids just go without lunch every day?
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