The Orange Board of Education’s Policy and Personnel Sub-Committee will present to the full Board of Education a new proposal regarding food in schools at its next monthly meeting on August 21. At the August meeting, the Board of Education (BOE) will have a first read of a policy that states that birthday and classroom/holiday celebrations will not involve food. Food will be permitted with prior approval for one curricular experience per grade level at each school and at one school-wide celebration at each school each year.
The committee reviewed and discussed ‘Policy 6142.101 Student Wellness’ at the end of June and then reviewed the CABE recommended policy language, making changes that represent current Orange BOE practice and/or desired future practice/policy. The policy currently in place was last revised in 2014.
The committee discussed the specifics of the role of food in classroom celebrations and curricular experiences, giving consideration to the opinions of those parents who have spoken during public participation and written letters to the board. The topic of food in classrooms has been a topic of discussion at recent board of education meetings, with parents speaking both in favor and against changes to the policy.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent