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Meal charge policy

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Food & Nutrition Department

Meal Charging Policy

            While meal charging is strongly discouraged, we understand that it occasionally happens.  Meal charging is a temporary solution and is not intended to compensate for a broader issue of the inability to pay for a student’s meal.  If paying for meals poses as a problem the Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals should be completed.  These applications are available at all school cafeterias, offices, and through the district website.

            Should the instance arise when a student does not have enough funds in his or her account to cover the cost of a meal then limited meal charging will be allowed, as a courtesy, under the following conditions:

 

Elementary School Students:

·         Only complete reimbursable meals may be charged.  No ala carte, milk, or water may be charged.

·         Students will be notified verbally at the register and through a written communication to the parent via note sent home or email when his or her account is low and/or negative.  If you have a preferred method please contact the Food & Nutrition Department to specify.

·         Any combination of meals, breakfast or lunch, may be charged up to a total of negative (-) $10.00.

·         Repayment of meal charges is expected.

·         Once a student has an account balance of negative (-) $10.00 they will receive a replacement lunch which will consist of a cheese stick, fruit and/or vegetable, crackers, and a milk.

·         No negative account charging will be permitted for approximately the last two weeks of each school year.  A notice will be communicated through the student’s home school and flyers will be posted in the cafeteria.

 

Middle and High School Students:

·         Only complete reimbursable meals may be charged.  No ala carte, milk, or water may be charged.

·         Students will be notified verbally at the register when his or her account is low and/or negative.  When the account is negative an email will also be sent to the address on file from the main office of the Food & Nutrition Department.

·         Any combination of meals, breakfast or lunch, may be charged up to a total of negative (-) $7.50.

·         Once a student has an account balance of negative (-) $7.50 they will receive a replacement lunch which will consist of a cheese sandwich, fruit and/or vegetable, and a milk.

·         No negative account charging will be permitted for approximately the last two weeks of each school year.  A notice will be sent through the student’s home school and flyers will be posted in the cafeteria.  (All High School student charging will end approximately two weeks prior to the last day of school for seniors.)

·         Seniors must have his or her account balance paid in full in order to receive their cap and gown.

For further information regarding negative debt in the National School Food Service Account please refer to the Board of Education Food Services Policy.