Mass. to Stop Sending Letters on Student Weight
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts schools will no longer be sending letters to parents about the weight of their children, citing concerns about bullying and privacy.
The Public Health Council voted 10-1 to eliminate the practice Wednesday.
Health officials said there was evidence that informing parents of their child’s weight status had no effect on pediatric obesity.
The council also said that there had been reports of incidences where the confidentiality about the height and weight measurements was not safeguarded, leading to “alarm, confusion or embarrassment.”
Schools will still be required to collect height and weight and calculate body mass index measurements for students at 1st, 4th, 7th and 10th grades. That information will be provided in an aggregate form to the Department of Public Health.
Parents would still be allowed to request the information about their children.