In the first week of second grade, my son was reprimanded by his teacher. It was not for talking or for not completing his work. It was for giving a gift to the teacher, one that was greatly appreciated by his teacher in first grade.
Policy changes in school may make some common items illegal to bring or have in school. Some rules may make perfect sense to parents when items are outlawed, while others may leave you scratching your head in confusion. Some schools outlaw certain items, while others are perfectly fine with these things. Here is a guide to some common items that are increasingly being outlawed in school.
This is the item that got my son in trouble this year, but was actually requested by his teacher last year. New policies against hand sanitizers have to do with the alcohol content. Because these products contain alcohol that could be abused, they are considered a banned substance.
Nuts and Nut Products
Because of the prevalence of nut allergies, many schools ban any food items that contain nuts or products made from nuts. This may be limited to certain classrooms or school wide. I can appreciate the danger of this, although I hope it doesn’t get banned in our school, since peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a favorite for my son. at the moment, no nut products are served in the cafeteria and sunflower butter has become a replacement.
New health and nutrition initiatives may place a ban on bringing any candy to school. Sometimes the prohibition pertains only to food for class parties. Other times policies state that children are not allowed to bring candy at all, including in their lunch bags.
Toys can be a real problem for schools, and some have chosen to ban them completely unless by express permission of the classroom teacher, such as for a show and tell project. If your child brings a toy into school when there is a rule against it, the school may issue a reprimand or confiscate the toy all together. Toys can cause a distraction to the classroom and can be stolen.