KUSA - The State Board of Education approved a change on Wednesday that will allow diet soda back into high schools after a seven year ban.
The board voted 4-3 to approve a revised policy aimed at giving local school districts more control over what type of beverages can be sold at high schools.
Diet sodas were banned from high schools in 2009 when Colorado approved the Healthy Beverage Policy. Before the ban was lifted, school districts had to comply with federal mandates along with state mandates when it came to what types of drinks schools can serve.
“Districts said the complexity of following two different sets of rules created a regulatory burden and was a source of confusion,” Board Chairman Steve Durham said. “This change will streamline the rules, and at the same time put control over the issue where it belongs – in the hands of local school districts.”
The revised policy will continue to restrict unhealthy beverages from being sold during after-school activities for all grade levels.
“Parents expect us to do what we can to protect kids,” Vice Chairwoman Angelika Schroeder said. “I’m opposed to increasing access to beverages that we know are unhealthy and potentially harmful to growing children.”
The new rules go into effect on or before the start of the 2017-2018 school year to allow districts flexibility in implementation.
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