Changes to Cafeteria Charging Policy - Effective Immediately
From the Business Office:
SCHOOL MEAL CHARGING AND COLLECTION PROCEDURES
School Meal Charging
- No student requesting a meal will be denied a full reimbursable meal unless the student’s parent or guardian has provided written permission to withhold a school meal.
- Middle School and High School students are permitted to charge a la carte or other non-program foods unless they have a negative account balance in excess of $10 or a parent’s written consent to deny a student charging a la carte items.
- Parents or guardians are required to cover negative balances incurred by their child.
- Students with negative account balances or unable to pay for a meal will not be publicly identified or stigmatized.
- Students with negative account balances or unable to pay for a meal will not be required to discard a reimbursable meal after it has been served.
School Meal Account Collections
- Communication of account balances will be made to the parent or guardian and not to the student directly.
- Automated messages will be sent out weekly to any parent or guardian with a child who has a negative food service account balance.
- Food Service staff will contact parent or guardian by telephone once their child’s negative balance exceeds $15.
- Food Service staff will send a letter to the parent or guardian once a student’s balance exceeds $25.
- The School Principal or designee will contact the parent or guardian by telephone once a student’s balance exceeds $30.
- The Business Office will send a certified letter to the parent or guardian once a student’s balance exceeds $50.
- If the District does not receive payment or if the parent/guardian does not contact the District in response to the certified letter within the specified timeframe the account will be considered delinquent debt and will be turned over to a third party collection agency. Parents or guardians will be responsible for all collection fees, penalties or fines.
Uncollectable delinquent debt shall be considered bad debt and non-federal funding sources must repay the Food Service Fund for the total amount of the uncollectable debt. Delinquent school meal debt shall not be classified as bad debt for write off purposes until after reasonable steps have been taken to collect such delinquent school meal debt.