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6152.01 - Waiver of School Fees

The District will waive fees assessed by the District for students who meet the eligibility criteria below.

Eligibility Standards

Students eligible for a waiver of school fees include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

A.

Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Act

     
 

B.

Students who are eligible to receive reduced price lunch or breakfast

     
 

C.

Students whose families have suffered very significant losses of income due to severe illness or injury in the family or unusual expenses including, but not limited to, fire, flood, or storm damage

Notification to Parents

 

A.

Annually the substance of this policy shall be communicated in writing to the parent(s) or legal guardian of all students in the District.

     
 

B.

The first bill or notice sent to parents or legal guardians who owe fees shall:

     
 

1.

state the District will waive fees for persons unable to afford them in accordance with its policy.

   

2.

provide the procedure for applying for a fee waiver, and the name, address and telephone number of the person to contact for information concerning a fee waiver.

Procedures for Resolution of Disputes

 

A.

A parent(s) or legal guardian who cannot pay school fees may write a letter requesting a waiver of fees to the Superintendent. The letter must contain the following:

     
 

1.

Name(s) of student(s)

   

2.

Name of parent(s) or legal guardian(s)

   

3.

Address of parent(s) or legal guardian(s)

   

4.

Phone number of parent(s) or legal guardian(s)

   

5.

School where child(ren) attend(s)

   

6.

Reason for request for waiver of fees

     
   

The Superintendent shall have the authority to review the waiver request and request such further information, if any, as the Superintendent deems necessary in order to make a decision on that request.

     
 

B.

No fee shall be collected from any parent(s) or legal guardian who is seeking a fee waiver in accordance with the District's policy until the District has acted on the initial request or appeal (if any is made), and the parent(s) or legal guardian has been notified of the decision.

     
 

C.

If the Superintendent denies a request for fee waiver, then a copy of the decision shall be mailed to the parent(s) or legal guardian within 15 school days of receipt of the request. The decision shall state the reason for the denial and shall inform the parent(s) or legal guardian of the right to appeal, including the process and timelines for that action. The denial notice shall also include a statement informing the parent(s) or legal guardian that reapplication may be made for a waiver any time during the school year, if circumstances change.

     
   

The decision of the Superintendent is final.

Nondiscrimination

The Board expects all staff members to exercise the utmost care to see that, as a result of their actions or comments, students cannot differentiate between those students whose parents are unable to purchase required instructional materials or pay required fees and those whose parents can.

F.S. 1006.06, 1009.26

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