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We understand that parents and friends like to celebrate various occasions. However, balloons, cakes, candy, flowers, etc. cause many distractions and cannot be allowed on campus or on the bus. These items are disruptive in the classroom and are a safety concern on the bus. If they are delivered they will be kept in the office. This policy helps to ensure that instructional time is protected and that all students are treated equally. Classroom parties/celebrations may be held four times each year. (Policy reference JJB, Student Social Events) Schools may choose to celebrate winter break, end of school, and two additional special days agreed upon by each school individually. These celebrations are designed to be instructional and to recognize the value of religious and cultural diversity. This approach introduces students to new learning and enables them to be more understanding of other students’ heritages and beliefs. When planning snacks for these four classroom parties/celebrations, state law requires that no home-cooked food be distributed to students during school hours. This practice is intended to protect students from the spread of communicable disease. The aforementioned four (4) parties/celebrations that take place during the school day are exempt from the Arizona Nutrition Standards. For all other activities during the school day that include food for students, the Arizona Nutrition Standards must be followed (Policy reference JL and regulations JL-RA and JL-RB). For more detailed information on the state nutrition standards, please refer to www.ade.az.gov
. No celebrations of individual student birthdays are to be held in classrooms, on the school campus, nor are students to hold parties for their teachers at school. Party invitations may not be distributed at school.