Lunches Without Doctor's Note
A school in Richmond, Virginia, is following federal government instructions by telling parents that they need to have a doctor's note in order for their children to be allowed to bring packed lunches to school, another example of how the nanny state is encroaching via the public education system.
A letter featured on the website Momdot.com instructs parents that packed lunches must be accompanied with a physician's note.
I have received word from Federal Programs Preschool pertaining to lunches from home. Parents are to be informed that students can only bring lunches from home if there is a medical condition requiring a specific diet, along with a physicians note to that regard.
I am sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Stephanie [redacted] the Health Coordinator for Federal Programs Preschool at [redacted].
The letter also includes a handwritten note from a teacher which reads, "Ms Brooks, Please do not send a lunch to school unless a doctor's note is sent in connection with this letter." The identity of the school remains unknown, but it is situated in Richmond, Virginia.
The Federal Programs Preschool initiative is funded primarily by the Head Start Program, a Department of Health & Human Services scheme that provides education and nutritional support for children from low income families. Under Federal Programs Preschool, children are provided with breakfast, lunch and a snack.
While informing parents that they cannot make a decision on their own child's diet, the same school promotes the fact that they sell ice cream during P.E. lessons every week. In a separate post, another parent describes how their child was upset because she was the only student not able to buy nachos and lemonade, which were also being sold during P.E. lessons right before lunch.
"So I suppose that sending a note that says "I choose to skip the GMO's in the lunches you serve for a more balanced and safe diet as the parent of this child" doesn't suffice?" writes Trisha Haas, adding that, "Homeschooling is looking better and better every day."
If parents want to pack a healthy, non-GMO lunch for their own children, and not have their kids snacking on preservative-laden nachos and ice cream, they're out of luck, because the federal government says so, unless parents go through the ludicrous hassle of obtaining a doctor's note beforehand.
"So, now, at least one school wants children to have a doctor's note to say no to the school lunch offerings of hormones, GMOs, preservatives, and grease. They must have the permission of a professional to avoid junk food. A parent's good judgment is not sufficient, it seems, to make the healthy decision to provide a toxin-free lunch. Does anyone else see the irony here?" asks Daisy Luther.
This is not the only example of school lunches being banned. Chicago's Little Village Academy public school mandates students eat at the cafeteria or go hungry. Only children with allergies and a doctor's note are allowed to bring a packed lunch.
Many will see this as another form of creeping authoritarianism being introduced through the public education system, advancing the idea that the state and not parents have supreme authority over children.
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