PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The letters, popularly called "fat letters," classified children as "underweight" or "obese."
"It was used as an indicator to let the parent know if the child fell out of the healthy weight category," said Joan Roy, Pittsfield public schools nurse leader.
Some inserts, which provided information on how to stay healthy and active, were included with that BMI letter.
"If a child is very muscular, their BMI might be higher. So, for that child, it does not paint the whole picture," said Roy.
Not everyone thought the letters w ere a good idea. Earlier this year, lawmakers filed legislation to stop these letters. Their efforts apparently worked.
"Unfortunately, it's a tool that we are not going to be able to send anymore," said Roy.
This summer, Governor Patrick's administration notified school officials to stop sending these letters, which were sent to parents of children in grades one, four, seven and 10.
"I think as a parent, they could be helpful if they were accompanied by guidance," said parent Jayme Kurland.
"I think it's up to the parents to control what their kids are eating. Not the school system. They have more things to worry about, like the curriculum," said Audrey Wendell, a Dalton resident.
Without the letters, Roy says there are other ways parents can monitor their children's weight.
"Taking your child shopping with you. Looking at the fruits and vegetables. Keeping an eye out for making a dinner simple," she said.
Roy also encourages going to a physician for wellness visits.