Here it is: RUSD (Racine Unified School District) Wellness Policy
- Birthday treats are only acceptable if they meet RUSD Wellness Policy guidelines. Treats must be prepackaged or store-bought. Treats must be healthy (cupcakes, cookies, candy have low nutritional value and, therefore, not permitted)
- Homemade items are not permissible at any time.
- Prepackaged, "unhealthy" treats can be brought on 4 "exemption days" designated by the principal. Those days are Halloween Party day, Holiday Party Day-before winter break, Valentines Day, and the Last Day of School.
- This is a district wide policy adopted by the school board. Should you need clarification or wish to express a concern, please contact the Administrative Service Center (central office).
What?? Where to start? So, I would contend that any treat that I choose to make because I want to do something special for my child on their birthday would have a healthier content than most of the pre-packaged crap at the store. Now, I know the kids are super excited to give pencils or stickers out as their birthday treat (note underlying sarcasm), but I think we should be allowed a special snack. Our school doesn't have over-large classroom sizes (24 kids), but other schools in the district may. So if there are too many birthdays, where there would be sugary snacks everyday, then maybe designate one day during the month and the parents of the kids with birthdays that month can share the snack duty that day.
As to the 4 exception days, I'm sure that the high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and corn syrup solids are much better for the kids than something that I make in my kitchen.