For those who wouldn't send in a whole apple, how do you stop the pieces going brown? Salt water?
You can use citric acid, orange juice or just a piece of orange in the container (I might rub the orange over the apple if I remember).
Wrapping it up in cling wrap would be a no no at our school as they are a zero waste school
I can understand their issue with the time factor, but I would be a bit annoyed if the school tried to dictate this to us. My kids only like certain fruits at school (sensory issues with the stickiness) and if the school were making a big issue about it, I would ask to see where it is stated in their policies.
I would calmly tell the teacher that although I understand the reasoning behind it, they cannot enforce it. Some kids will only eat a whole apple because they don't like how it goes brown - although the orange juice etc can stop the brownness, it changes how the apple tastes, and sometimes my kids then refuse to eat it.
Over the years some of the teachers have even tried to dictate when my kids could bring home their drink bottle - they want them to remain at school for the week, so you bring it in Monday, fill up at start of school, and bring home Friday.
I prefer to wash them every night, and I don't like how the kids fill their bottles up in the morning at the school - they put them down in the grotty bubble taps and fill them - the bottom of the bubble taps can get quite gross and sometimes the drain is blocked (from food, packaging and leaves), so there is dirty stagnant water that gets over the bottom of the bottles. I've washed the bubble taps in the past when on weekend maintenance duty and was shocked at the disgusting state they were in (think 40 degree day and some teenagers had smothered the bubble taps with fish and chips and gravy (which had dried on the drinking part) and left the half eaten fish floating in the blocked basin.
My kids get sick enough times as it is, so I like to reduce the chance of it happening - by ensuring their bottles remain clean, and that they have clean fresh water.