Jeff Ward wrote a column on this topic earlier for Geneva Patch, but he raises a question that we're posing this week to all the moms in St. Charles, Batavia and Geneva.
Should edible treats be banned from all our schools?
As of 8 a.m, Thursday, Oct. 13, you are saying a resounding "No." The vote is 44-13 to let parents bring treats of some sort. That's 77 pecent against the birthday-cake ban.
Geneva schools this year have come up with a new policy regarding birthday treats.
If we understand it correctly (and we don't claim to), edible birthday treats are no longer allowed in the classroom. But what we hear through the mom grapevine is that some schools allow treats and others don't.
Birthday cake is banned and "unhealthy" birthday treats also are not allowed. But some schools will let parents bring a healthy edible and non-allergenic treat such as fruit. So you could bring apples with taffy dip, for example, but you couldn't bring cookies.
The no-edible-treat policy comes from concerns about kids with food allergies, some of which can be life-threatening. And that's a legitimate argument against the also-legitimate mom's desire to send a treat to school to celebrate her child's birthday.
What's your take on the issue? Should each of our schools have different policies? Should they all be the same? Should certain types of treats be allowed? Or should we just ban them altogether?
Put a comment below and take our Patch poll below.