Charging of Cafeteria Meals
March 22, 2018
The following guidelines shall be followed in instances where a student finds it unnecessary to charge their meal due to lack of funds in their account.
- No student who requests a meal will be denied a main lunch option, unless the student's parent/guardian has provided written permission to withhold a school lunch. A-la-carte items are not part of the main lunch and can only be purchased with positive lunch account funds or cash.
- Parents/Guardians are solely responsible for providing their children with money for breakfast and/or lunch.
- The district utilizes a computerized point-of-sale system in each of its cafeterias. Each student in the school is given an individual account with a unique number that remains with the student throughout his/her school years. Parents/Guardians are responsible for all purchases made on their child's account.
- A National School Lunch Program Free/Reduced Meal application shall be sent home at the start of each school year and be available throughout the year on our district webpage. A new application must be submitted by the parent/guardian every year.
- Students approved for the free/reduced lunch program will receive one (1) free/reduced breakfast and one (1) free/reduced lunch per day. Additional lunches, breakfasts or milk must be purchased at the full price. A-la-carte items and milk are not covered under the free and reduced program.
- Parents/Guardians and students are encouraged to deposit money in their child's cafeteria account so that adequate money is readily available to purchase a school breakfast and lunch. Parents/Guardians can deposit money by sending a check or cash with their child to school. Parents/Guardians may also deposit online by using Board-approved software. A convenience fee may apply for using this service which is imposed by the online service, not the school district.
- All non-sufficient fund (NSF) checks will be charged a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) fee, and the check amount will be deducted from the student's lunch account. After two (2) recorded NSF actions per school year, the district will no longer accept payment by check; payment may only be made by cash or money order.
- Direct communications regarding money owed will be made the parent/guardian only. Students may deliver communications in letter form addressed to the parent/guardian.
- Notices of five dollars ($5.00) or less and negative balances will be sent to the parent/guardian monthly by the Food Service Department. If balances of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or greater exist at the end of the month, a letter will be sent by the Business Office indicating monies due or payment arrangements need to be made within ten (10) business days.
- Families are encouraged to establish repayment plans.
- Students who owe money or do not have money for a school meal will not be publicly identified, stigmatized or be required to do chores or work. No student will be required to discard a school meal after it has been served. Upon withdrawing from the district, students must bring their account to zero (0) balance; any refund will be sent to the parent/guardian.
- Students with account balances of greater than fifty dollars ($50.00) will have a certified letter sent to their parent/guardian from the Superintendent or district solicitor indicating that if payment is not made within fourteen (14) days, the account may be turned over to the district Magistrate's Office or a collection agency. Any further costs incurred by this section will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
- A letter from the Food Service Department will be sent within two (2) weeks of the end of the school year for graduating seniors with a positive balance. The parent/guardian can elect to transfer the remaining balance to another student or request a refund. All refund checks will be mailed to the parent/guardian.
- During the last week of school, the Food Service Department will send a final obligation notice to the parent/guardian.
- Students and parents/guardians shall be notified annually concerning the contents of this policy and district procedures.
Link to Montour School District Policies: https://www.montourschools.com/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=353643&type=d&pREC_ID=1301042
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