A West Virginia school is in hot water after violating a policy which states no food can be given out as a reward.
At Williamson PreK-8 in Williamson, W.V., about 80 miles south of Charleston, an unidentified teacher is facing a possible fine and other sanctions for handing out candy as an incentive to her students, the Williamson Daily News reported.
When it was discovered the teacher was giving out candy to her pupils, Mingo County Schools Child Nutrition Director Kay Maynard contacted officials at the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to report the teacher.
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Maynard also spoke with Williamson PreK-8 principal Shannon Blackburn, explaining there could be a monetary fine as a result of the incident. The Williamson Daily News gives further background:
Maynard later spoke with WVDE and explained that since this was a well-intentioned effort by the teacher and not a deliberate attempt to violate state policy a less severe consequence should be considered. Officials at WVDE agreed, and instead of imposing a fine, the staff at Williamson PreK-8 School will be required to develop a corrective action plan to include training on child nutrition policies.
WVDE policy is such that food cannot be given out as a reward and cannot be withheld as punishment.
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Parents at the school have already started a penny drive to help defray the costs of any possible fines imposed on the unnamed teacher.
h/t: EAG News
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