Massachusetts Will Stop Sending Letters About Student’s Weight
Those controversial letters public schools send parents about their kid’s weight will stop. Public health officials today voted to scrap those unpopular letters amid criticism that they led to bullying.
But schools will still be required to continue student weight screenings and grades 1, 4, 7 and 10. Opponents of the letters said they did little to spark conversations between parents and their child’s doctors about weight and exercise. Often the letters were sent home with the students, which led to other students seeing them. That apparently caused bullying and teasing.
Massachusetts is one of 21 states that measures school-aged children’s weight and height. Only 9 of those states sent letters home.