A ban on parents in the lunchroom?

December 6, 2018

What began as a small debate about parents spending time with their children during lunchtime in school in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien erupted into a controversy about parenting that rippled throughout the world.

Beth Bonanno had always looked forward to her special lunch date. She would leave the office to sit with her son, a second-grader, on his birthday and maybe three other days a year.

But then she got an email from the school district: Parents were being barred from the lunchroom.

The email incensed Ms. Bonanno and other parents. And what began as a small debate in the wealthy Connecticut town of Darien erupted into a controversy about parenting that rippled throughout the world.