Manchester school board committee votes to limit school birthday parties to once a month
Teachers would be encouraged to have only one group birthday party a month, rather than one for each student, under the revised policy, which was approved by the board’s Coordination Committee.
The committee also agreed to a rule limiting ice cream and popcorn sales to no more than twice a week.
Many of the changes are minor modifications. For example, the serving size for juice, flavored milk and drinkable yogurt for elementary school students was lowered from 12 ounces to six to eight ounces.
Healthier menus have been pushed in recent years by the U.S.
Sue Sheehy, the district’s consultant dietitian, said in a class with 30 students, birthday parties could be a regular occurrence.
Only school board member Debra Gagnon Langton opposed adopting a policy on birthday parties.
Langton noted that she can’t prevent a parent from sending treats to school with a student.
Sheehy said that the policy would be adopted to help teachers know how to approach birthdays; she said she did not anticipate that teachers or students would be disciplined if the policy were violated.
The policy of limiting ice cream or popcorn sales to twice a week was prompted by their more frequent occurrence at some schools.
The policy also states that the sale of baked goods and other items cannot be held within 30 minutes of meal times.
Sheehy was asked what would happen if “competitive foods” were served.
The policy must still go before the full school board for approval.
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