Next, a policy was set forth by the school that prohibited non-store food items from being brought to school. The reason provided was that the school was not able to guarantee the sanitation of the food that the parent was providing. Therefore, only store bought or pre-packaged food items were permitted.
Since then, there has been a law passed in the Texas legislature in the Texas Education Code that allows any kind of food item to be brought by a grandparent or family member to any school event or birthday celebration. Although, it is not a very well known law that many people are aware of:
"Lauren's Law": http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.28.htm
Therefore, I am providing information in case anyone comes across a similar situation when I wanted to bring our family's baked good to my child's holiday party. (names have been changed)
Below is the email correspondence between the classroom teacher and myself:
>>> Kishrussell 12/11/2012 8:57 PM >>>
I am X's mom and I want to send a homemade treat that our family makes for the holidays for X's class party. I noticed that the flyer that went home stated "all food/drinks must be store packaged". My concern is that this rule is contrary to the Texas Education Code under Subtitle F Curriculum, Programs & services:Chapter 28, SubchapterA Section 28.002, l-3(1) known as "Lauren's law" states:
The State Board of Education, the Department of State Health Services, or a school district may not adopt any rule, policy, or program...that would prohibit a parent or grandparent of a student from providing any food product of the parent's or grandparent's choice to :
(A) children in the classroom of the child of the parent or grandparent on the occasion of the child's birthday or
(B) children at a school designated function.
I would appreciate your consideration.