WV school officials reconsider home-made food, caffeine on campus

CHARLESTON, WV (BY: RYAN QUINN, CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL) – The West Virginia Department of Education now is proposing allowing homemade food to be brought into public schools to be shared for “special events,” a reversal of its previous proposal to keep banning sharing such foods, and it’s seemingly going further by proposing allowing homemade food and non-nutritional food to be provided as snacks.

In another reversal, the department now is proposing to maintain the ban on caffeine in schools, after previously proposing to lift it.

Other than that, the department has maintained its proposal to remove the state’s existing nutrition standards for school meals and snacks and instead tie the state requirements to the federal minimum requirements.

These moves come ahead of a possible state Board of Education vote this week to approve the department’s now-amended proposed changes to Policy 4321.1.

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