School said this lunch from home was not healthy enough!?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
School said this lunch from home was not healthy enough!?
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Tue, 02-14-2012 - 4:13pm

I am really taken aback by this story!

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Often times I think there's more to the story than we hear, but taking this for face value, I think the school was way over the line. Besides the fact that they determined the lunch to be fine in the end, why wouldn't they just let her eat it and send a note home or call the parents instead of sending home a bill. That seems a little extreme (and makes me wonder if there was more to the story).

Do any of you send chips to school with your kids? We don't really eat them at home, so my kids don't have them at school either. I guess I could see that as unhealthy, but the lunch as a whole didn't seem bad. If it was chips, soda and cookies, I might think twice. ;)
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I am a preschool teacher at a daycare and unfortunately I have to do similar things. Our school is working towards accreditation and they will give the teacher a bad score if a parent brings in an unhealthy lunch for their child. I just try to remind my parents when they bring something unhealthy for their child (which in my case is donuts). A lot of preschools are starting to say no outside food. As a soon to be mother I have problem with this because I can pack a much more healthier lunch then the daycare provides.
I hate sending those notes home because what you pack for your child to eat for lunch should have absolutely no effect on my score as a teacher. One because the parent is going to trump teacher especially in the preschool because the parent is the customer. Second if that is what the parents chooses to feed their child then me claiming its unhealthy just for lunch is not going to have an effect because they are getting it at home.
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Registered: 10-08-2004
This is shocking! Today my son's lunch consisted of leftover chicken casserole and peas in his thermos, a granola bar, orange slices and a water. If someone took that away from him and then charged me for a lunch when I had packed him a perfectly good one I would have blown my top and went straight to the top like this mother did.

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Registered: 10-08-2004
What kind of accreditation are you working towards that oversees what children eat? I am a Montessori teacher and work at a private Montessori school. We just recieved SACS and SAIS accreditation last year but to my knowledge they did not oversee our nutrition program. That being said, we have a very good program and encourage only healthy eating.

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Registered: 09-12-2003

as a mom of a picky eater I would be LIVID because I also know that $1.25 lunch he probably would not have touched. We have "limits" on what we can bring in because of recent changes in school lunch laws here but they can only do so much as to what kids bring in. I once sent was in pinch for a snack and sent a 100 cal pack cookie thing I had for me and school wouldn't let him eat it because it was a cookies @@ Look at the kid please he could do a starving kid commecial don't think 100 cal cookie pack is going to make him overweight. The juice and the chips would have issues passing here. They want the kids drinking water and or low fat milk.

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Registered: 07-25-2007

While I understand the want to help educate parents in the need for proper nutrition, I don't like the one lunch fits all guidelines.

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Registered: 08-31-2009

If the lunch was truely "bad", I could see them sending home a note explaining how good nutrition leads to better school performance with a coouple of examples of a USDA recommended lunch. But to replace the lunch and charge the parents it not "cool", and especially since the lunch was actually acceptable.




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Registered: 11-18-2008
I was surprised by the meat requirement too. I can't see them forcing a vegetarian kid to eat meat or anything, I'm just surprised that it's a daily requirement. We are not vegetarian, but we do go days without eating meat. I don't personally believe it's something you need every day and I definitely wouldn't send it to school with my kid every day.
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Registered: 08-31-2009
cmkellie wrote:
I was surprised by the meat requirement too. I can't see them forcing a vegetarian kid to eat meat or anything, I'm just surprised that it's a daily requirement. We are not vegetarian, but we do go days without eating meat. I don't personally believe it's something you need every day and I definitely wouldn't send it to school with my kid every day.


I think they mistook the "meat" requirement when it's really a "protein requirement.




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