Prepayment recommended for breakfast and lunch – and procedures concerning past due accounts

| August 15, 2014

Admin Offices-websiteThe Solanco School District believes a nutritious breakfast and lunch each day are essential to student productivity.  Solanco promotes prepayment by parents for breakfast and lunch which avoids the potential problem of their child forgetting to take breakfast and/or lunch money to school.  If money has been forgotten and meals have not been pre-paid, it is possible to charge meals; this helps to ensure that a child will eat breakfast and/or lunch which will help them perform at optimal capacity during the school day.  Meal charges are a temporary solution to address intermittent forgetfulness on the part of the parent or student.  Charges are not intended to provide a credit service for continuous charging of student meals.

All schools have procedures in place to ensure students do not go without lunch.  Students without money on their account or exceeding the maximum charge limit are allowed a cheese sandwich and white milk for lunch.  The cost of this alternate meal is absorbed by the Food Service Department; there is no federal reimbursement for this meal as reimbursements are not allowed for meals not meeting the mandated meal patterns.

Charging privileges are as follows:
When it is necessary for a student to charge a meal, only a complete meal can be charged.  When the cafeteria receives money from a student who owes charges, the money is applied toward this debt prior to purchasing future meals.

Elementary Grades K-5:

  • Students will only be permitted to charge up to $20 at any given time.
  • After the account reaches a negative balance of $20, the student will be provided with an alternate meal (cheese sandwich and milk).  Alternate meals will continue until the negative balance has been paid.
  • When a student’s account has a negative balance, only full meals (breakfast or lunch) may be charged.  There is no charging for a la carte items (including milk).
  • Notices are sent home to parents on a bi-weekly basis from the Food Service Department for any student who has a negative balance.
  • Notices will be sent home with students on a weekly basis for any student who owes over $20 (these notices go home with students on Fridays).
  • Unpaid charges for students will result in the following:
    • A telephone call to parent/guardian from the Food Service Director
    • A letter sent home to parent/guardian from the Food Service Director
    • Meeting between principal and parent/guardian
    • Contacting small claims court
    • Notifying the Department of Social Services in cases of suspected child neglect

Secondary Grades 6-8:

  • Students will only be permitted to charge up to $10 at any given time.
  • After the account reaches a negative balance of $10, the student will be provided with an alternate meal (cheese sandwich and milk).  Alternate meals will continue until the negative balance has been paid.
  • After the account reaches negative $20, the student will not be provided with a breakfast.
  • When a student’s account has a negative balance, only full meals (breakfast or lunch) may be charged.  There is no charging for a la carte items (including milk).
  • Notices are sent home to parents on a bi-weekly basis from the Food Service Department for any student who has a negative balance.
  • Notices will be sent home with students on a weekly basis for any student who owes over $10 (these notices go home with students on Fridays).
  • Unpaid charges for students will result in the following:
    • A telephone call to parent/guardian from the Food Service Director
    • A letter sent home to parent/guardian from the Food Service Director
    • Meeting between principal and parent/guardian
    • Contacting small claims court
    • Notifying the Department of Social Services in cases of suspected child neglect
    • Impact a student’s participation in field trips, special events, etc.

Secondary Grades 9-12:

  • Students are not permitted to charge.
  • Balances that have been carried over from middle school must be paid before the first day of high school begins.

For more information, email the Solanco Food Services Department or call 786-5621.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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