Meal  Charges

The Board permits students to incur limited charges for meals.

The District shall inform students and parents/guardians in writing of the District's policy regarding charged meals.  The notice shall be provided to all households at the time they begin participating in the food services program.

The District is to utilize an electronic system for recording deposits made into a student's meal account and for deducting the cost when the student is served a meal.  When the balance remaining in a student's account reaches an amount equivalent to the cost for three (3) meals a notice is to be presented to the student advising that the account needs to be replenished as only prepayment for two (2) meals remains.  The notice is to be repeated when the balance reaches one (1) meal, and again on the day the final paid meal is served.

When a student's lunch meal account has been depleted, the student is to be granted up to two (2) additional full meals pending replenishment of the account.  When the account reaches two (2) meals with payment in arrears, the student will be served a cheese sandwich, milk, and fruit in lieu of the full meal, for which no charge will be made.

Upon replenishment of the account, the two (2) meals in arrears will be deducted from the deposit to bring the account current.  Whenever a student is no longer eligible for service of a full meal due to a two (2) meal negative account balance, a designated member of the school staff will contact the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine an appropriate resolution of the circumstance.  The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) will be provided application materials for the reduced-price and free meal programs.

Negative account lunch charges will not be allowed effective May 1 through the end of the school year.

The District may not charge a fee for replacement meal tickets for computerized meal counting systems when the ticket is used only for food services purposes.

Adopted:  April 10, 2008

The Child Nutrition Act (42 U.S.C. 1771 et. seq.)