Posted: Aug 21, 2013 6:39 PM by Akeam Ashford
Updated: Aug 21, 2013 6:44 PM
Two of the best parts of the school day for kindergarteners could go bye-bye for good.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is no longer requiring schools to give naps and snacks to students.
Brandy Faulk has two children who attend Ridge Elementary in Lafayette. She says on Monday, she was told her son won't get a snack or nap time during the school day.
"How's a kid suppose to concentrate and learn anything if they're not eating well," says Faulk.
Faulk was told her son would eat lunch at 10:30 A. M. Her concern is that he doesn't get home from school until 3:30 P. M. "They're six years old," Faulk says. "That's a really long time for a child to go without eating."
Superintendent Pat Cooper says there is some leeway in the provision. He says principals and teachers have to agree and decide if students will be able to take a nap or have a small snack.
"There's a lot for these children to learn, but at the same time we have to be sensitive; they're five year olds," Cooper says. "Every teacher has been instructed that if a child looks really tired they have to allow them to take that little rest. There just won't be a formal nap time."
Cooper adds as far as the snack is concerned, the school will no longer provide the snacks. Parents must send it with the child.