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Student Nutrition Services Emergency Meal Policy

The following emergency meal policy was established in 2005 by School Board approval. A written copy of the emergency meal policy will be provided to all households. Every school is required to follow the policy to ensure that no child is denied food during the school day. Students who qualify for a free or a reduced-priced meal can always receive a free lunch (the district waives the .40 cost for the reduced-priced meal). All students regardless of eligibility status can receive a free breakfast. Paid students who forget their lunch money can receive a “charged” meal; once they have reached their charge limit, a courtesy meal will be provided, per policy below. To protect the identity of all children at the point of service, SNS uses a prepayment system that limits the exchange of money and prevents the disclosure of a student’s eligibility status.

Policy for Elementary Schools:

  1. Students are allowed to charge up to five consecutive meals. The student will be given the same school lunch that other children are receiving. A La Carte Items can never be charged.
  2. Parents of students who charge one meal will be notified by phone, after their child has received the meal. The parent will be encouraged to quickly pay for this meal and reminded of the policy.
  3. Parents of students who continue to charge will receive written notification, which warns them that after the fifth charge their child will receive a courtesy meal.
  4. Students who have reached their charge limit and have an unpaid balance will receive a courtesy meal consisting of: a cheese sandwich, fruit cup, vegetable, and low-fat white milk.
  5. If a student continues to come to school with no packed lunch or lunch money, attempts will be made to discuss the issue with the parent and to encourage them to complete a meal benefit application.
  6. Any time there is an uncollected balance on a child’s meal account, the child will be prevented from purchasing A La Carte items.
  7. Any unpaid balance on a child’s account will be carried over from year to year.
  8. The parent is responsible for the uncollected balance.

Policy for Middle and High Schools:

  1. Students are allowed to charge up to two meals. The student would be given the same school lunch as other students. A La Carte items can never be charged.
  2. The student will be reminded that he/she is only allowed two consecutive charges.
  3. Parents of students who charge one meal will be notified by phone, after their child has received the meal. The parent will be encouraged to pay for this meal the next day and reminded of the policy.
  4. Students who have reached their charge limit and have an unpaid balance will receive the courtesy meal consisting of: a cheese sandwich, fruit cup, vegetable, and low-fat white milk.
  5. If a student continues to come to school with no packed lunch or lunch money, attempts will be made to discuss the issue with the parent and to encourage them to complete a meal benefit application.
  6. Any time there is an uncollected balance on a child’s meal account, the child will be prevented from purchasing A La Carte items.
  7. Any unpaid balance on a student’s account will be carried over from year to year.
  8. The parent is responsible for the uncollected meal balance which must be paid, prior to graduation.
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