Meal Charge Procedure

  • Recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires school districts to provide written notice of meal charge procedures. Unless meals are provided at no charge, the district prefers students and employees to pay for meals prior to receipt. The ability to charge meals is a privilege, not a right, and is subject to the limitations established in this procedure. 

    Students

    • Account balance cannot exceed more than $15 negative balace for meal charges only
    • May not charge meals on or after the first school day in May each year
    • May not charge à la carte items, if student meal account balance is at $0 or below
    • Must pay meal account balances in full at the end of each school year
    • Will not be shamed or punished by the district for the failure of their parents/guardians to pay for or provide meals, and the district will not hold student records in violation of law

    Employees

    • May not accumulate more than $15 in meal charges
    • May not charge meals on or after the first school day in May each year
    • Must pay meal account balances in full at the end of each semester

    Interventions

    • If a student accumulates excessive meal charges, the district will encourage the parents/guardians to submit an application for free and reduced-price meals if an application has not recently been submitted.
    • The district will make repeated attempts to contact the parents/guardians to notify them of the meal charges and resolve the situation.

    Notifications to Parents/Guardians

    • The district will provide timely notification when account balances run low.
    • Unpaid meal charges will be considered delinquent 90 days after the end of each school year. The district has the option to turn over unpaid meal charge balances to a collection agency when the superintendent or designee determines such action is in the best interest of the district.
    • During the enrollment process, each parent/guardian will be required to acknowledge that they have read and understand the meal charge policy.

Account Balances

  • Balances from the previous school year have been carried forward to the new school year, and from school to school. For balance information, you may call the Food Services office at 314-729-2400, ext. 8872 or check the SIS Portal. Parents are notified of low or negative balances.