District 6 “bans” sodas from school lunchrooms

by Jack Minor –

Parents have expressed concerns over a recent notice advising them not to allow their children to bring sodas to school.

In a recent newsletter, parents were told that as, per a policy passed by the school board last October, “soda is no longer allowed in the cafeterias at the elementary and middle school levels.”

 

The notice went on to say, “Regardless of where the soda is purchased and by whom, it should not enter the cafeteria.” and that the policy is intended to educate the students about what beverages are considered healthy and “encourage them” to exchange their sodas for other choices such as milk or juice.

 

The district passed the policy last year upon the advice of the Student Wellness Committee which was established in 2005 as part of the re-authorization of the National School Lunch Program by the USDA.

 

Jeremy West, Nutrition Services director for the district, said part of the reason for the soda free zones was because soda contains a high amount of sugar and has little nutritional value. West said, based on that, the committee felt soda consumption was not conducive to student achievement and the no soda policy was also created to help fight childhood obesity.

 

While the newsletter said school officials were not intending to be the “soda police” several parents have expressed anger over the new proposal saying they feel it infringes on their rights as a parent. Questions have also been asked about why the ban does not apply to the High School.

 

West said the high schools were not going to be soda free zones at this time because they have been accustomed to having soda in the cafeteria for years and would have a harder time embracing the concept. Adopting the soda free zone in the elementary and middle schools gives officials an “opportunity to create a culture of reduced soda consumption during the school day.”

 

West reiterated that the district has no intention of prohibiting students from bringing sodas from home is they so choose.

 

“Parents and students can still choose to consume soda during their time in the cafeteria,” he said. “We are simply trying to create a culture that gears students towards making healthy beverage choices.”

 

Skip Colwell, who has a daughter who attends Scott, said he felt that to be consistent the district should also ban soda machines in the teachers’ lounges.

 

West said the soda free zones will only apply to the cafeteria and teachers will still be able to purchase sodas in the lounge.

 


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  • Gary says:

    It is the school’s job to educate our children….it is none of their business what the parent sends for lunches. Although we are coming closer every day, we are not a communist country yet. Get the government out of our lives and also get the schools out of the business of the parents. AND, how hypocritical of them to let the teachers drink soda in front of the kids!!!!!!

  • eff ewe says:

    Hillarious! They put those IN against better judgement to raise revenue 40 years ago. 20 years ago they SOLD water as a healthy alternative and now the Nazis in the white tower are once again strong arming TAXPAYERS with ultimatums. Here’s one for you Lang, you’ll never get an over ride as long as you are super duperintendent. I wouldn’t throw away any source of funding now because now it will come out of your pocket.

    BOYCOTT CSAP

    TAKE THE KIDS TO THE ZOO ON HEAD COUNT DAYS

  • Well, Mr. West, since your paying so much attention to overweight children. Why don’t you pay attention to your overweight teachers. Overweight teachers can and are more of a health risk than overweight children. Overweight teacher are already developing heart disease, the build of plaque in their arteries and missing days of school due to these health issues,unlike children. It just seems like you should be paying more attention to overweight teachers than children. Oh, But, let me guess, you would probably have to fight the teachers union in order to have the soda machines taken out of the teachers lounge. Oh, but, the teachers union care about the kids, YEA RIGHT. Wake up Greeley School Board, if you are going to do this to the students than you need to lead by example and and take the soda machines of of the Ivory Tower and all the teacher lounges and start an volunteer exercise program for all the teachers and non-certified employees of District 6. But, that will never happen due to Queen of Superintendents ramroding the entire school board. Mr. West you need to taste the food coming out of your school lunch rooms, it is terrible!

  • Cheri says:

    You want to fight childhood obesity?? Here’s a crazy idea, bring back morning and afternoon recess and have gym everyday!!

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