Blackford Elementary School

Updated Lunch Policy

Lunchtime provides your child the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers as they eat independently.  It is also a wonderful extension of the classroom where social learning takes place. In order to allow your student this social success at lunchtime, VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT LUNCH or RECESS unless approved by the classroom teacher and the administration on a special occasion circumstance. Please be aware that the more time you spend with your child during their lunchtime, can affect how they interact and behave with their peers. It may increase separation anxiety with your child as well as inhibit them from socializing with other students. Our number one focus is on your child’s education and social/emotional development and therefore it’s imperative that you encourage your child to be independent and learn how to eat and socialize with their fellow peers.  We have ample coverage at recess and lunchtime, so your child is in good hands. We understand that it can be difficult to allow your child this independence, however we firmly believe the more you allow your child to eat on their own and socialize, the more they will begin to navigate social situations and feel a sense of empowerment. Please note this new policy will go into effect December 12, 2016. If you have any questions please feel free to stop by the office. We love seeing you on campus and there are many ways that you can get involved. If you would like some ideas about volunteering or other opportunities to support our campus please come to the front office. Thank you so much for your continued support of Blackford and our students.