Dear Taylor Mill Families,
First and foremost, let me say that we welcome visitors and volunteers with open arms at our school! As an extension of that invitation we have allowed parents/visitors to eat lunch with students in our cafeteria. However, throughout the years we have encountered many issues of concern during lunch visits that I feel must be addressed for the safety and well-being of all students. Please note the following components of our SBDM Policy (Policy #14 Wellness):
? Parents are encouraged to consider healthy choices and children’s wellness when packing student lunches or when bringing in food to share with their child during their lunch period at school. Nutritional information provided through the District Food Service Department shall be distributed to parents upon request. This information is also available on the district website. ? Teachers are encouraged to utilize rewards other than food and/or candy to reinforce positive student behavior and academic achievement. ? In order to ensure the safety of our students, it is permissible to only bring prepackaged, store-bought, healthy snacks to school to celebrate events such as birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.
Please note that outside purchases of food/drink for your child’s lunch are acceptable. However, purchases or bringing in lunch for other students or your child’s friends are not permitted. Food/drink may not be shared with other students or your child’s friends during lunch visits. Tables are reserved for lunch visitors and their child only. Friends and other students are not permitted to sit at the visitors’ lunch table (only the visitor and their own child may share this quality time). This will help to insure our students with food allergies are safe and free from any unknown possible ingredient that could be brought in to school. Plus, it helps to alleviate any hurt feelings and unnecessary jealousy of our students.
We highly encourage you to refrain from bringing in outside fast food for your child’s lunch and eat a school lunch instead. Our school lunches provide healthy, nutritional choices and meet the federal/state regulations. In case you haven’t noticed the changes to school lunches this year let me be the first to tell you they are very tasty! Adult lunches may be purchases in our café for $3.25.
Many schools do not allow lunches from fast food restaurants to be brought in for school lunch. With this being said, I totally understand the occasional lunch visit with your child, but I am asking that you limit the visits to those of special significance and celebrations. Children need lunch time to socialize with classmates, learn self help skills, practice manners and learn to follow directions/expectations independently.
As always, please feel free to contact me with concerns as I am working to do what is best for all students and to keep Taylor Mill a safe place for our children. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.
Alternative Lunch Plan