EDMONDS, Wash. -

The Edmonds School District is banning edible classroom party treats next year, as part of its efforts to promote student health.

Maplewood Elementary School Principal Michelle Mathis says when someone is marking a birthday they want to celebrate the children, not the sweets.

The Daily Herald reports the new policy was inspired by the federal Wellness Policy, which requires superintendents to monitor nutritional standards for unregulated items such as food prepared by parent groups. The rules applying to all participants in the national school lunch program also affect vending machines and student stores.

The federal policy does not apply to events after school hours and only governs food sold to students, not given away. School officials in Edmonds have decided to take it a step further by banning food at birthday celebrations.