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Some parents complain about restrictions on school lunch

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Updated: 10/15/2013 11:44 pm
PONTE VEDRA, Fla. -- Parents tell Action News they're concerned about an email from a local school about limiting their child's calorie intake.

The email sent from a teacher at Ocean Palms Elementary in Ponte Vedra says students will be limited to one slice of pizza and one ice cream if they are in grades K through 3. For children in grades 4 and 5, the email said they will be limited to two slices and an ice cream.

"It was very frustrating to get a message like that and it makes you very angry," said parent Lois Kendall. Kendall said the email also tells parents that this guideline will "help keep our children's caloric intake within healthy boundaries."

"I think that's the parents job first of all, and if they're so worried about the kids taking in too many calories, do more gym classes or let them go outside and run around for recess more," said Kendall.

We brought these concerns right to the principal who told us the pizza and ice cream are offered in addition to school lunch and she was worried about wasted food.

"Children are going through that second line as if it's the meal line and purchasing two or three slices of pizza, two or three ice creams, sometimes eating it all, which concerns me but also throwing a lot of it away," said Principal Betsy Wierda.

Kendall said that should have been made more clear to parents.

"I had my mom mode on. I was concerned and wanted to put those guidelines up but I'll work with any parent individually and service their kids in any way they forsee is good for them," said Wierda.

The principal also tells Action News she's willing to do another survey, to see what parents want. For now, the guidelines are set to go into effect Friday.

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