A growing number of parents in Durham Region say teachers are picking through their kids’ school lunches, and sending back foods they deem to be unhealthy.
The Toronto Star reports here that banana bread has been sent home due to the existence of chocolate chips. Other foods sent back (usually with Grade 1 and 2 students) have included Goldfish crackers, string cheese, Jello, chocolate milk, and raisins.
Following dozens of complaints by Durham parents, officials within the Durham Catholic District School Board explained that it’s one thing to provide lessons on health food consumption, but another to actually critique what children are bringing to school.
James MacKinnon, a learning consultant with the board, points out that there policy does not instruct teachers or staff to take food from a student.
“It’s up to students to share that information with their parents, we’re educating and promoting but not dealing with it at snack time,” said MacKinnon.