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Valentine's Day ban on candy in Loudoun schools debated

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It's almost Valentine's Day, which means hearts and candy galore.

But in one local school system, there may be no sweets for students this holiday.

One parent says her daughter's elementary school sent home a letter about a new Loudoun County policy that states "no food or candy" allowed this Valentine's Day.

None of the traditional sweets like candy hearts that kids put on their Valentines.

Some say it's another way to ruin the joys of childhood.

District officials insist there is no blanket ban on candy in the classroom. Parents just need to clear it first with the teacher to make sure no students with food allergies get it by accident.

"Food is not banned from Loudoun County Public Schools, Valentine's Day is not banned from Loudoun County Public Schools," says Wayde Byard, a spokesperson for the district. "What we want to do is make it a safe celebration. That's all."

And some parents say having no candy at school is fine with them.

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