Will the Harrison County school board allow cupcakes back for classroom parties?

By Local News | March 11, 2017
From The Charleston Gazette-Mail:
 
The West Virginia Department of Education is immediately lifting the statewide ban on bringing outside non-nutritional food into public schools for “classroom celebrations,” leaving the decision up to county public school systems.
 
Deputy State Schools Superintendent Cindy Daniel said public schools previously were banned from allowing things like cupcakes and other sweets to be brought in for such “classroom celebrations.”
 
She said the state isn’t limiting the number of such celebrations schools have.
 
Though they didn’t take an official vote on it, state Board of Education members expressed support for the move during a board meeting Thursday. Daniel said the ban wasn’t actually in state board policy, but instead was in a guidance document sent out in 2012 that the department now is rescinding.
 
“Until such time that Policy 4321.1 is revised and additional guidance is given, county superintendents have the discretion to work with their staffs to determine the guidelines for classroom celebrations,” said a draft version of the new guidance being sent to county superintendents and child nutrition directors.
 
“With this memo, boards of education will be allowed to entertain children the proper way, and children will be allowed to have fun for a change?” state school board member Dave Perry asked.
“Yes,” Daniel said.
 
“You have permission to have fun,” state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano said.
Board member Miller Hall did express a concern.
 
“I hope if this passes we don’t go back to losing control of child nutrition in the counties,” Hall said.
Reach Ryan Quinn at ryan.quinn@wvgazettemail.com, facebook.com/ryanedwinquinn, 304-348-1254 or follow @RyanEQuinn on Twitter.
 
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