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School lunch policy

To the Editor:

I have two daughters, both attend high school in District 155. Both are lactose intolerant. In previous years, if they chose to purchase lunch, all they needed to do was request juice or water instead of milk and they would be given the substitute. Imagine their surprise when this year, they were told no substitutions were allowed without a doctor’s note. A high school senior and sophomore are not allowed to be trusted to know what they can and cannot put into their own bodies.

When told this story, I certainly thought my word would be enough. A parent should be able to decide what her child should and should not be able to consume. Upon calling the school and telling them, I was told that thanks to Michelle Obama and her new lunch initiatives, no substitutions are allowed without a doctor’s note.

I was told my daughter could have purchased an additional drink on her own, (costing her more than the base lunch price) but she would still be forced to take the milk (which she would have thrown away, ah waste, how the government loves you).

That day my daughter had no extra money, so went without a beverage during lunch. She survived, but would they do this to an 8-year-old? Are these new regulations really for the benefit of the student if they are so strict that a child must be given something that could sicken them or go without? Has common sense gone out the window?

Donna Clasen

Crystal Lake

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