Connecticut elementary school bans candy on Valentine`s Day

Connecticut elementary school bans candy on Valentine`s Day

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

It may be on the parents to ensure that children are healthy, but even the famously fit First Lady is probably getting some candy this Valentine's Day.

That is not the case for kids at the Harwinton School in Connecticut.

The school sent a letter to parents telling them not to send candy for Valentine's Day.

Cards are fine, as are gifts like pencils and stickers.

But nothing sweet for your sweetheart.

The school's letter to parents said officials are "...working to encourage healthy practices as well as manage food choices in classrooms where food allergies are present."

FOX 32 talked to one of the principals on the phone.

She said it's simple as that, the Valentine's candy ban is all about the kids health.

Schools across the country are following the health trend and changing lunch menus, and what's in their vending machines.

Chicago Public Schools have cut back on fat, sodium, and sugar.

They recommend healthy options for in-school celebrations.

However, CPS told FOX 32 there's no official policy about Valentine's day.

This comes down to a balancing act between kids' nutrition and just letting them have fun.

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