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Hartselle school bans drinks from home

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By Bobby Shuttleworth - bio | email

HARTSELLE, AL (WAFF) - Parents who pack their children's lunch at Hartselle Junior High School are being told not to pack their child anything to drink. It's a move some parents don't like.

Hartselle City School administrators say it has been a rule for several years.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Nancy Horton says there are several reasons children cannot bring any drinks from home.

"The kids would be trying to get themselves a drink between classes and flavored drinks would leak into the locker below, ruin jackets, ruin clothes. We've had drinks to explode and ruin books. And the parents had to pay for the books that were destroyed," said Dr. Horton.

Dr. Horton said soup and other liquids that might be packed in a lunch would not be banned for the same reason.

"They have new guidelines that have been put in place as far as sugar content and things like that related to junior high students," said Dr. Horton.

Lunch boxes are not searched for sugary snacks. In fact, because ice water is made available, students are encouraged to bring flavor packets to add to the water.

Some parents don't like the rule.

"I don't like it because they should be able to have a drink throughout the day and I really don't like the drinking fountain," said parent Lisa Bice. "It should be individualized because of bacteria and things that come into the drinking fountain."

If the student has a medical or financial problem with the rule, parents are being asked to call the school.

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