Series: Series8000     Sub Series: 8100 HEALTH AND SAFETY     Policy Number: 8530
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CAFETERIA MEAL CHARGES


The goal of the Rhinebeck Central School District is to provide student access to nutritious no- or low-cost meals each school day and to ensure that a pupil whose parent/guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or treated differently than a pupil whose parent/guardian does not have unpaid meal fees.

Unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school.  The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances to ensure that the student is not stigmatized, distressed and/or embarrassed.

The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the District in a way that does not stigmatize, distress and/or embarrass students.  The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced reimbursable school breakfast, lunch and snack meals only.  The District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their money.  Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited. 

MEAL CHARGE IMPLEMENTATION:

Free Meal Benefit - Free eligible students will be allowed to receive a free breakfast and lunch meal of their choice each day.  A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

Reduced Meal Benefit - Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive a breakfast of their choice for $0.25 and lunch of their choice for $0.25 each day.  A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of TEN (10) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero.  The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal.  A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid. 

Full Pay Students - Students will pay for meals at the school's published paid meal rate each day.  A student will be allowed to charge a maximum TEN (10) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero.  The charge meals offered to students will be reimbursable meals available to all students, unless the student's parent or guardian has specifically provided written permission to the school to withhold a meal.  A la carte items or other similar items must be paid/prepaid.

ONGOING STAFF TRAINING:

PARENT NOTIFICATION:

PARENT OUTREACH:

PAYMENTS:

MINIMIZING STUDENT DISTRESS:

ONGOING ELIGIBILITY CERTIFICATION:

  

1st Reading:    1/13/15, 07/10/18   

2nd Reading:    2/10/15, 07/31/18

Adopted

 



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Adoption Date:
2015-02-10

Last Revised:
2018-07-31

Last Reviewed: