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For Arlington students, birthday treats likely a thing of the past

Policy revision would formally eliminate food during classroom celebrations

They have been on their way out for years, but Arlington School Board members soon could put the final stake in the heart of birthday cupcakes in classrooms.

Regular cake, too. And cookies. And probably even carrot sticks, pita chips and hummus brought in by the kid whose parents are on a health kick.

An update to school-system health policies slated to be presented to School Board members April 25 would outright prohibit special in-classroom birthday treats.

Currently, schools are “strongly encouraged” to adopt such policies, but not required to.

Under the proposed revision, teachers will be directed to “look for ways to celebrate without the use of food.”