Wednesday, October 16, 2013

No more BMI letters

The state is still requiring the measurements, but no longer are districts going to be required to send home letters on Body Mass Index:
Schools complained that it was too expensive to mail the letters as required, so they often sent them home in students’ backpacks. That sometimes led to inadvertent disclosure of the information to other students and teasing, officials have said.
In addition, such letters, intended to foster conversations between parents and their child’s physician about weight and exercise, appear not to help stem childhood obesity rates, according to a 2011 study of a similar program in the California public schools.
The new rules eliminate the required parental notification and instead, allow school districts to make the information available to parents or guardians upon written request.

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