CHARGING SCHOOL MEALS
The Board of Education recognizes that on occasion, students may forget to bring meal money to school. To ensure that students do not go hungry, but also to promote responsible student behavior and minimize the fiscal burden to the district, the Board will allow students who may forget meal money to “charge” the cost of meals to be paid back at a later date subject to the terms in this policy.
To comply with State guidelines and maintain a system for accounting for charged meals, regarding both full and reduced-price meals, the Board shall:
1. allow only regular meals, meaning what is on the menu, excluding extras and snacks, to be charged;
2. limit the number of charges to five per student; and
3. use a computer-generated point of sale system, which identifies and records all meals as well as collects repayments.
Charged meals must be counted and claimed for reimbursement on the day that the student charged (received) the meal, not the day the charge is paid back. When charges are paid, these monies are not to be considered “a la carte” transactions, as a section on the daily cash report or deposit summary reads “charges paid.”
A student who has abused this policy can be refused a meal. Such a refusal is not considered to be a violation of any state or federal laws concerning school food programs. However before denying any student a meal, school food authorities (SFAs) shall carefully consider the negative consequences of such an action. Refusing very young children in grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and first grade or students with disabilities is prohibited by the Board.
If SFAs suspect that a student may be abusing this policy, written notice will be provided to the parent that if he/she continues to abuse this policy, the privilege of charging meals will be refused.
The school district shall send a letter home to all parents on an annual basis prior to the opening day of school, outlining the requirements of this policy. The policy shall also be published in appropriate school and district publications.
Parents can obtain balances in their child’s account by going on MySchoolBucks link on the Taconic Hills website.
Staff members are allowed to purchase food from the district’s food services. Staff members are encouraged to open an account that they can prepay with cash or check.
Ref: 42 USC §1779 (Child Nutrition Act of 1966)
42 USC §§1758(f)(1); 1766(a) (National School Lunch Act)