KIRBY SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH CHARGE POLICY
Purpose of Policy:
The purpose of this policy is to establish consistent meal account procedures throughout the district. Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the food service department. The goals of this policy are:
•To treat all students with dignity in the serving line regarding meal accounts;
•To support positive situations with district staff, district business policies, students and parent/guardian to the maximum extent possible;
•To establish policies that are age appropriate;
•To encourage parent/guardian to assume the responsibility of meal payments and to promote self-responsibility of the student; and,
•To establish a consistent district policy regarding charges and collection of charges.
Scope of Responsibility:
•The Food Service Director is responsible for maintaining student financial records and notifying the building principals and the district business manager of outstanding balances.
•The Food Service Director is responsible for notifying the student’s parent/guardian with written documentation, electronic communication, or phone call when balances are approaching the negative.
•The Parent/Guardian is responsible for immediate payment.
•Students must maintain a positive balance in their meal account in order to purchase a reimbursable meal and/or a la carte items.
•Students on free lunch must maintain a positive balance in their meal account in order to purchase additional meals and/or a la carte items.
•Students on reduced price status must maintain a positive balance in their meal account in order to purchase a reimbursable meal, additional meals, and/or a la carte items.
Alternative meals threshold
•Students who reach a negative balance of $20 in their meal accounts will be served an “alternative meal” prepared by the food service staff.
•The “alternative meal” will meet all nutritional guidelines set forth by the USDA