Chips, chocolate and fruit bars are out, but complaints from Calgary parents have seen one popular kids’ beverage put back on the menu at local public schools.
Starting Monday, elementary students returning to class from the holiday break will only be able to purchase items from the cafeteria or vending machine that fall into the “choose most often” category in the Alberta Health Services nutritional guide.
This would have prevented kids from drinking the ever-popular chocolate milk, but Calgary Board of Education administrators have found a new, low-sugar offering after parents expressed concern about the removal, said superintendent for learning innovations Cathy Faber.
Older students will still have access to some items from the “choose sometimes” category.
Despite concerns from a local nutritionist and some parents about other items that are no longer available, Faber said her team is moving ahead with a policy she says is three years in the making.
“All of our vendors have been notified and we will be checking to ensure full compliance,” she said.