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New rules are coming for food and drinks brought into classrooms across the country..

December 14, 2016

Last school year for classroom cupcakes?

Federal school nutrition program requiring rules for outside food and drinks starting next school year

Bringing a sweet treat into school to share with classmates on your birthday is an annual tradition for many children and can stir up nostalgia in adults.

But those classroom cupcakes, pizza parties and similar school treats may be coming to an end, or may at least be replaced by what's deemed a healthier option, starting next school year.

According to a report by The New York Times, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, all schools participating in the federally assisted national school lunch and breakfast programs will be required to come up with their own health guidelines on all outside food and drinks brought in and served to students.

Currently, more than 100,000 U.S. schools and child care institutions participate in the federal program.

The guidelines will be decided upon by teams of parents, community members and at least one staff member at each individual school district involved in the federal school food programs, the Times reports, meaning that the rules on outside foods brought in will vary based on where your child goes to school. 

Read more at The New York Times.