do schools have the right

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do schools have the right
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Sun, 09-20-2009 - 3:52pm

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:06pm

I think schools should play a part in teaching proper nutrition and related topics. This would include not having soda vending machines or junk food vending machines in the school.

As far as overweight kids, I don't know how schools would get involved and therefore I am not sure what to say. Nor am I quite sure how the school would dictate to parents how to feed their kids, in practical terms.

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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:15pm
well in some states schools are actually writting notes to parents of overwight children telling them that their child needs to see their docctor and that if parents refuse to act .the school would send another letter home stating that if they ignore the issue that a report would be sent to cps for further investigation
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Registered: 09-10-2009
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:17pm

i cannot remember what states these were but there have been many news story about this issue and if i am not mistaken there have been a few schools in my area who have tried this approach.


edited for a spelling error


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Registered: 02-24-2009
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:28pm
OK, that seems like a reasonable approach for any health problem, not just obesity. I do think, though, that it would make more sense if people had actual access to health care.
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Registered: 01-05-2000
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:47pm

Yeah, Joy's high school PE teacher tried that. The problem with any weight chart that the schools would have access to is that they are wrong. Yes, Joy weighed 135 pounds at only 5' (and 1/2") tall. But she also was swimming 3 hours a day, doing PE, and most days, walking home from school (2.5 miles). The charts don't take into account that muscle weighs more than fat. It took my arguing with the teacher over the phone at work and a note from Joy's dr to get her off Joy's back.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 04-22-2005
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:54pm

I think that the schools have a right to provide nutritional information, serve healthy foods and notify parents if a child has crossed the line from overweight to obese (as with any health concern).

I do NOT think that the schools have a right to tell me I can't pack Oreos in my kid's lunchbox or to butt in over a mild overweight child.










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Registered: 08-22-2009
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 4:58pm

Anyone has a right to report someone to CPS.

For those that work in schools they not only have a right they have a legal responsibility to report things that they suspect may be neglect/abuse.

Do schools have a right to send a note to a parent that their child is over weight and should see a doctor? Sure.

Should schools being be black mailing parents by threatening to report them to CPS? No.

Does a school have a right to report a parent to CPS because their child is obese? Yes, if they feel that the cause of that obesity is abuse or neglect.

It is the responsibility of schools to report what they suspect is neglect/abuse. It is the responsibility of CPS to determine if there was neglect/abuse.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 6:00pm

this is a slippery slope....there are some medically diagnosed conditions a school will/must be a part of because the success of the child at school is riding on it.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 6:11pm

LOL,keep your hands off my kids' cookies.


last year's snack policy was something i never quite got.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
Sun, 09-20-2009 - 6:15pm

is obesity a symptom of abuse?

 

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