Pre-paid Meal System
The school meal accounting system is a pre-paid system. Parents or guardians must deposit money into their child's account before meals are served. Payments can be made daily, weekly, monthly, or annually. Payments may be made by cash or check.
Unpaid Meal Charges
It is the responsiblity of the parent/guardian to monitor the student's account balance and ensure that funds are available by prepaying meals. The District will make reasonable, discrete efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low through a phone call, letter sent home, or Skyward notification. Student account balances can be monitored through Skyward Family Access. Families will be notified of an outstanding negative balance once the negative balance reaches $5.00.
Negative balances of more than $10.50 not paid will be considered delinquent debt and will be turned over to the Superintendent or designee for collection. The District will make reasonable, discrete efforts to collect delinquent (overdue) unpaid meal charges, which is an allowable use of National School Food Service Account (NSFSA) funds, and will coordinate communications with families to resolve the charges. Options may include collection agencies, small claims court or any other collection method permitted by law and consistent with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
The District will provide alternate meals meeting federal and state requirements to students who have a negative balance to their account.