Do you have a view on food in the classroom? I am talking about food for all sorts of reasons. This includes for projects, snacks, or even parties. Maybe your school has a policy. I know that some districts have strict policies on this.
My school has a healthy snack policy, but it doesn't carry over much into the treat area. With all of the gluten-free and allergen-free diets these days, I am hesitant to bring in any food at all. I have definitely scaled back. My first year I gave away Hershey's Kisses like there was no tomorrow as rewards. Nowadays, I try to stick to stickers or non-material rewards. I do like the occasional popcorn party.
But I look at the birthday treats that the kids bring around these days. They are the two layer, heavily iced cookie cakes, giant Pixie-Stixand the like. I think that we send the kids mixed messages when we don't let them eat candy and the like during snack, but allow it for treats. I am just as guilty of it lately with my candy experiments.
I am extremely careful when it comes to food allergens and diabetes. I read the packaging and talk to the student and their parents when I am unsure.
Anyways, this just was on my mind as I have a class party coming up. Please chime in with your thoughts.