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6530 - OUTSTANDING STUDENT MEAL CHARGES

The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.  Federal reporting requirements do not allow the Child Nutrition Program to charge meals.  Students may pay for meals in advance, at the time of purchases or make electronic payments.

Students will be served a differentiated meal when they accrue an unpaid balance in excess of the dollar limit established by the Board of Education.  The differentiated meal shall consist of a sandwich (not peanut butter and jelly) and a four ounce juice.  The school shall provide parents written notice when their child owes money to the school for meals.

All school cafeterias possess computerized point of sale/cash register systems that maintain a record of all monies deposited and spent for each student and said record will be made available to the parent upon request.  Each school shall inform parents that meals can be paid for in advance and that balances may be maintained in their child’s account to minimize the possibility that the child may be without meal money on any given day.  If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the principal will investigate the situation more closely, including contacting the parent/guardian to bring money to the school and/or encouraging the parent to apply for free or reduced price meals.

This policy’s provisions pertain to regular school breakfast and lunch meals only. 
Federal policy prohibits the withholding of meals from a child as a form of discipline.
The Superintendent shall develop regulations and procedures to support this policy.

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Legal Reference:  7 CFR 210, Office of Management and Budget Circular A-87
Adopted: June 26, 2008
Revised: October 28, 2010