"The Cheese Touch" -- It's an alternative expression for "cooties" that was used in the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID book series, and it came to mind with this week's award winner.
It almost seems that "The Cheese Touch" is what a certain 2 year old girl had when she waltzed in to her local day care center in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada this past week. Walking in to said day care with a contraband cheese sandwich earned this child... Wait for it...
A 3 DAY SUSPENSION.
You see, in an effort to protect children with severe food allergies -- a maneuver our ministry deeply appreciates -- this particular child care center has adopted a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for carry-in food of any sort. Despite the fact that this prohibited carry-in food was discovered in a sealed baggie and immediately given back to the father when the preschooler had taken only 2 steps into the school, the family received notice that the consequence of this infraction was an immediate 3 day suspension.
This begs the question,
It would seem that policies and consequences as unyielding as this leave no room for common sense. Of course, having entertained MANY an allergic person in our own home, I can testify to the seriousness of certain allergies with no wiggle room for leniency.
To learn more about the story, check out the CBC News interview:
~ Barb Dittrich