Ban on Thin Mints and Lemonades


Lindsay Chong

Girl Scout Cookies cannot be sold on campus according to school policies.

During school hours, selling Girl Scout Cookies is not accepted by the administration due to its violation of school rules and California School Information Services (CSIS).

According to principal Christopher Krebs, outside corporations such as Girl Scouts are not authorized to sell or fundraise goods on campus. However, selling cookies before or after school is acceptable.

“All fundraising that happens on this campus with our students is basically for our own programs or our own clubs,” Krebs said. “We are allowed four days per year where our ASB can serve food and fundraise to our students. On those four days, you’ll occasionally see them selling cookies or pizza.”

Girl Scout Cookies also do not adhere to the nutritional guidelines stated in the CSIS manual, which bans the sale of snacks over 200 calories on campus along with any food item that contains more than 35 percent sugar. The guidelines were implemented in 2007 under the Obama administration.

“The rules used to be far more relaxed,” ASB accountant Ginny Dalton said. “I remember [that] the class of 2006 was one of the last classes to graduate before the nutrition rules got so strict. That senior class used to sell Krispy Kreme donuts every Wednesday morning before school. They made a fortune.”

However, the administration does not enforce formal disciplinary consequences on students selling Girl Scout cookies. Verbal warnings or meetings with a parent are the norm when dealing with infringements of such rules according to Krebs.

I pass by the administration a lot daily, including when I am selling cookies, and nobody has said anything to me against it,” senior and Girl Scout Rana Andary said.

The trend of informally selling Girl Scout cookies at school reflects the lack of awareness about school fundraising rules.