Connecticut Town Bans Parents From Elementary School Lunchrooms
The school system in the wealthy town of Darien, Connecticut, has decided to ban parents from visiting with their children during lunchtime in the cafeteria because the growing number of them doing it was becoming disruptive.
The new rule has caused controversy in the community, with some parents agreeing the practice was getting out of hand and it was time to stop it, while others say it's deprived them of time to check in on their children.
Kelly Ann Franzese, who worked as a special education therapist in the nearby town of Weston, told AP that parents' lunchroom visits can be disruptive because children get upset when their parents leave, and also because some staffers feel their every more is being examined.
But parents who spoke up at a meeting about the issue said the visits let them see how their children were doing, help resolve issues with other children, and even help the youngest children with things like opening milk cartons and finding things in the lunchroom.