What is this?!
I went from confusion to dumbfounded to feeling being hurt knowing my child would come home hungry. Zion refuses eats what the school provide, I know this because he’s uber picky but after I received a note from his teacher last month that he hasn’t eat much and perhaps I could pack him a lunch. I did…
Until one day last week, I received this note and I was confused as wanting to know why and I called the health coordinator. Left a message hoping they would call back but they didn’t. So I was like, f this… I continue to pack him a lunch.
Then I received this with a little note from his teacher to not send a lunch from home unless a doctor’s note is sent in. Why do we need a doctor’s note? This is astounding on so many levels. How dare they tell me not to pack a lunch from home but they would force my child to eat? I know my child and I know what he likes to eat. But if he refuses, what is he going to eat then?
It hurts me as a mother that he won’t eat what the school provide.
It hurts me as a mother to know he would sit there and watch all of his friends happily eat their lunches.
It hurts me as a mother that it’s a federal funded and it’s all about the money.
It hurts me as a mother to know that we always have an option to pack a lunch but at this school it’s not an option at all.
Update: I will follow up on this topic in a next few weeks . Thank you.
Out of the safety and well being of my children and the other children at the school, I will not be naming the school.
UPDATE 11/11 – After receiving an email from the school board, here is what was said:
It is Head Start policy, not Henrico County Public Schools policy, that there cannot be any costs to parents associated with the program, meals or otherwise. Parents packing a lunch is considered a “cost” by Head Start. As a result, every year parents are informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition that merits a specific diet, along with a physician’s note to that regard.
Meals served by the school conform to USDA nutritional requirements along with cultural, religious, and personal preferences on a case by case basis. Parents are always welcome to discuss their children’s dietary needs with our health coordinator.
While many disagree with this particular Head Start (HS) performance standard by which we are regulated and funded; as good stewards of federal dollars, it is protecting one of our most at risk populations and operating at the highest level of expectation with all of the funding strands we utilize for Pre-K.
So, I had a meeting with two health coordinators and a sign language interpreter last week and they explained exactly what the school board mentioned in the email. It’s the rule that was in Parent Handbook, I may overlook this rule but don’t the parents always have an option? shrugs
However, I got a doctor’s note and Zion can continue get a bagged lunch from home.
Thanks for reading.
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Linda is a deaf stay at home mommy to 3 boys - Dezmond (2006), Zion (2009) and Kaden (2012). She is a DC native but calls Richmond VA home. She enjoys crocheting, couponing, cooking, and arts & crafts with her boys. You can find her on twitter @4evamamii and facebook as My 2 Crazy Curls.