Student Suggestions Result in Procedural Change on Straws

News Release
September 05, 2019

Suggestions presented by a group of students to the Fairfax County School Board have resulted in a procedural change on the availability of plastic straws in Fairfax County public schools’ cafeterias. For the 2019-20 school year, plastic straws have been removed from the serving lines at middle and high schools.

The students suggested providing plastic straws upon request only and making them available to students who still need straws, including those with special needs and students in the lower grades. Straws will be available to anyone who requests them. Flyers have been created for the serving lines to inform middle and high school level students of the change.  At the elementary level, a student is creating a flyer for posting that encourages students to forego straws.

At present, the cost of paper or biodegradable straws is cost prohibitive, but Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is monitoring the cost of this item as well as the ability of straw manufacturers to switch from manufacturing plastic straws to paper straws.

As part of FCPS’ commitment to reduce single-use plastics, FNS moved from polystyrene trays to molded fiber trays several years ago. 


For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.