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I Write Letters: Part 2

November 4, 2011

So apparently Gabe's school has a nutrition policy. We got a phone call this morning in response to our letter advising us of this little fact so I went online to read it myself.  As official type documents go, it's pretty short, which I like because official type documentation tends to be awfully dry and boring. Suprisingly, said document does NOT prohibit the consumption of candy, or any other kind of 'treat', so I don't know what his teacher's problem is. If it's hyper-active kids, I don't think 1 small Aero bar or popcorn (popcorn!) is going to make him bounce. Here's our 2nd letter, the first one I can't share because Ryan didn't save a copy.  >_< We'll see what they have to say next. I really really don't want this to escalate further, but I have a feeling it will. Carolyn's excellent post will be up on Saturday, with this one edited on Friday as needed, depending on the school's response to this letter. (Edited to add: The letter didn't reach the school on Friday as Gabe was off sick. Monday it is!)

     "Thank you for the clarification as to why Hallowe’en candy is frowned on by the school and for pointing us in the direction of the school Nutrition policy. We see that the Regional District 68 takes a firm stance on healthy eating habits and physical activity with the best interests of the students in mind. However, the Rock City School’s Nutritional Policy does not prohibit the consumption of candy, only asks that parents and guardians be guided by the Canada Food Guide and make good choices when it comes to our kids lunches and snacks. With that in mind we write to advise you we will continue to send small snacks from Gabriel’s Hallowe’en goodies; he has earned them and frankly the school and school board have no business telling us, or any parents, what we can send in our own children’s lunches. Also, at this difficult administrative time, teachers and staff have more important things to do then police every child’s lunch.

     We are more interested in fostering a positive attitude towards all foods and avoiding disordered relationships with eating than we are with complying with a draconian policy; eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are beginning to affect boys and girls as young as six in part because of increased pressure from teachers, passed down by the boards from the well-meaning but misguided government. Teaching about healthy eating habits and physical activity is one thing; denying  an entire category of food, even if it is of questionable nutrition, is another, and unrealistic. Please allow Gabriel to have his snacks as we send them; many of us adults enjoy a cookie or bar after a meal, why are our kids any different?"

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