Why can't kids eat in class if they are hungry?
Here is the story of one mother whose son attended a D.C. middle school and often got hungry in the late morning before his scheduled lunch, which was close to 1 p.m. He was not, however, allowed to eat. Read what she wrote, and then tell us if your children can eat in school.
Bill Turque’s article on breakfast after-the-bell touches on a larger problem in DCPS, and possibly other large urban public schools.
When should our kids be allowed to eat? Is five hours too long for kids to go without food?
When my daughters attended a D.C. elementary school, some teachers required doctors notes before allowing children to have a morning snack. My son attended a middle school in the District, and despite being offered a full, hot breakfast at home (of which he could only eat a few bites at 7 a.m.) he was ravenous by the start of algebra class at 11 am.
Some days, his lunch was not scheduled until 12:50 p.m.
I inquired about the possibility of kids being given a few minutes to eat a healthful snack brought from home -- it doesn’t take long for a hungry teen to inhale a cheese stick -- and was told by the principal that absolutely no eating before lunch was allowed.
When I pursued the issue with D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, the principal suggested that my son come to her office every day for a granola bar. I did not feel that this was an acceptable solution for my son, who did not wish to be singled out, nor did it benefit the several hundred other children at the school.
All three of my kids are now in private schools, where morning snacks are either provided by the school or brought from home. Running the schools like prisons is another reason I took all three of my kids out of DCPS.
| November 18, 2009; 1:27 PM ET
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