Parents sent child to school with a cold Happy Meal
What do you pack in your child’s lunchbox for school? A sandwich, fruit and crisps maybe? Perhaps your son or daughter gets a chocolate treat if they’re lucky. Well, here’s a story that’s grabbed our attention today! A headteacher has exposed some awful examples, including parents who sent their children to school with a cold Mcdonald’s HAPPY MEAL bought the previous evening.
As the MailOnline reports, headteacher Jon Carthy from Byron Primary School in Gillingham, Kent, was shocked when he found the packed lunches which, as well as the cold fast food takeaway example, also included a crisp-heavy lunch of crisp sandwiches and two (yes, two!) packets of crisps. He also cites a four-pack of yoghurts and a packet of Smarties chocolates among his surprising finds.
The primary school has introduced a long list of guidelines parents have to stick when bringing in packed lunches for pupils and the frustrated headteacher is quoted as writing in a school newsletter: “Whilst extreme and funny to read on paper, I must make this clear THESE ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE examples of a balanced packed lunch. Children work very hard at school and a balanced meal at lunch time helps provide concentration for the afternoon.”
He has also reminded parents of government guidelines for packed lunches which includes one portion of fruit and vegetable or salad every day, meat, fish or a source of non-dairy protein, oily fish and starchy foods such as bread or pasta. Mr Carthy has also warned: “If we feel as though any child is not getting a regularly balanced meal, we will contact you and offer you advice.”
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