Charging Policy

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P3542.43(a)

 

 

 

Business/Non-Instructional Operations

 

Food Service

 

 

Charging Policy

 

The goal of the food service program is to provide students with nutritious foods that will enhance learning.  The school nutrition program is an essential part of the education system and by providing good-tasting, nutritious meals in pleasant surroundings, we are helping to teach students the value of good nutrition.

 

The Board of Education (Board) has an agreement with the Connecticut State Department of Education to participate in one or more school Child Nutrition Programs and accepts full responsibility for adhering to the federal and state guidelines and regulations pertaining to these school Child Nutrition Programs.  The Board also accepts full responsibility for providing free, reduced price and regular priced meals to elementary and secondary students enrolled in the District’s schools.  Meals are planned to meet the specified nutrient standards outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture for children based on their age or grade group.

 

Although not required by law, because of the District’s participation in the Child Nutrition Programs, the Board approves the establishment of a system to allow a student to charge a meal.

 

Charging is not encouraged by the Board, but on those occasions that a student does not have money, he/she will be permitted to charge up to four (4) meals.  After the fourth (4th) charge, an alternate meal will be offered.  Examples of alternate meals include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

  • A cheese sandwich, fruit and/or vegetable and milk.

  • A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and/or vegetable and milk.

     

    The cost for providing such alternate meals cannot be incurred by the food service program, and the charge for such alternate meals will be the same amount as the standard school meal or reimbursable meal.  The Board realizes that funds from the non-profit school food service account, according to federal regulations cannot be used to cover the cost of charged meals that have not been paid.

     

    In the event of hardship situations, parents or guardians may contact the Food Service Director to discuss an application for free or reduced price meals.

     

    The District uses an automated prepayment system, which allows parents/guardians to view their child’s meal account balance and purchases, receive low balance notifications, as well as make deposits to their child’s school meal account.

     

    Federal funds are intended to subsidize the meals of children and may not be used to subsidize meals for adults (teachers, staff and visitors).

 

P3542.43(b)

 

 

 

Business/Non-Instructional Operations

 

Food Service

 

 

Charging Policy (continued)

 

This policy shall be placed on the District’s website, on the website of each school, and published at the beginning of each school year at the time information is distributed regarding free and reduced price meals.

 

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop regulations which address meal charging, collection of repayments and communication of the policy.

 

Legal Reference:         Connecticut General Statutes

 

                                    10-215 Lunches, breakfasts and other feeding programs for public school children and employees.

 

                                    10-215a Nonpublic school and nonprofit agency participation in feeding programs.

 

                                    10-215b Duties of State Board of Education re feeding programs.

 

                                    State Board of Education Regulations

 

                                    Operational Memorandum #19-10, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

 

                                    “Unallowable Charges to No-profit School Food Service Accounts and the Serving of Meals to No-paying Full and Reduced Price Students”

 

                                    National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; Competitive Foods. (7 CFR Parts 210 and 220, Federal Register, Vol 45 No. 20, Tuesday, January 29, 1980, pp 6758-6772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy adopted:           June 20, 2017                                             PUTNAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

                                                                                                                          Putnam, Connecticut

 

 

R3542.43(a)

 

 

Business/Non-Instructional Operations

 

Food Service

 

Charging Policy

 

The Board of Education (Board) has an agreement with the Connecticut State Department of Education to participate in one or more school Child Nutrition Programs and accepts full responsibility for adhering to the federal and state guidelines and regulations pertaining to these school Child Nutrition Programs.  The Board also accepts full responsibility for providing free, reduced price and regular priced meals to elementary and secondary students enrolled in the District’s schools.  Meals are planned to meet the specified nutrient standards outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture for children based on their age or grade group.

 

The Board’s procedures regarding meal charging are as follows:

 

1.      Food Service Department staff will inform students verbally when they have a low account balance or when they have begun charging.  A-la-carte menu items cannot be charged.

 

2.      Students may charge up to four (4) reimbursable meals.  For elementary and middle school students, after the fourth (4th) charged meal, the student will receive an alternate meal.  For high school students, after the fourth (4th) charged meal, no alternate meal is offered and the student may no longer continue to charge. 

 

3.      Alternate meals for elementary and middle school students will be provided until all charged amounts, including full pricing for alternate meals, are paid.

 

4.      Collection of Account Balances

 

a.      Elementary School

Parents/Guardians of elementary school students who charge a meal will be notified by a letter indicating their child has received a charged meal.  Letters will be given to the student by his/her classroom teacher so they may be taken home with Friday backpack.  The Food Service Director or designee will follow up with the parent/guardian via a phone call, text message or an email about the account balance.  Communication will continue weekly until account balances are cleared.

b.      Middle School

Parents/Guardians will be notified by letter (via mail or email) about the account balance. The Food Service Director or designee will follow up with the parent/guardian via a phone call, text message or an email about the account balance. Communication will continue weekly until account balances are cleared.

c.      High School

Parents/Guardians will be notified by phone or email about the account balance.  The Food Service Director or designee will follow up with the parent/guardian via a phone call, text message or an email about the account balance.  Communication will continue weekly until account balances are cleared.

 

5.      Adults may charge meals up to $10.

 

R3542.43(b)

 

 

 

Business/Non-Instructional Operations

 

Food Service

 

Charging Policy (continued)

 

Delinquent Debt

 

Unpaid meal charges, like any other money owed to the nonprofit school food service account (NSFSA), are considered “delinquent debt” when payment is overdue, as defined by state or local policies.  Effective with school year, 2017-18, the Connecticut State Department of Education requires that the household pays all delinquent student debts no later than June 30th to ensure that students’ accounts are closed.  These student meal accounts must be at a zero balance for the next school year.

 

Any delinquent debts that have not been recovered by June 30th will be considered “bad debt.” Records relating to those charges must be maintained in accordance with the records retention requirements in 7 CFR 210.9(b)(17) and 7 CFR 210.15(b).

 

The Board of Education shall be notified annually in June of delinquent debt associated with the nonprofit school food service account (NSFSA).

 

This regulation shall be placed on the District’s website, on the website of each school, and published at the beginning of each school year at the time information is distributed regarding free and reduced price meals.

 

Legal Reference:         Connecticut General Statutes

                                    10-215 Lunches, breakfasts and other feeding programs for public school children and employees.

                                    10-215a Nonpublic school and nonprofit agency participation in feeding programs.

                                    10-215b Duties of State Board of Education re feeding programs.

                                    State Board of Education Regulations

                                    Operational Memorandum #19-10, State of Connecticut, Bureau of Health/Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education

                                    “Unallowable Charges to No-profit School Food Service Accounts and the Serving of Meals to No-paying Full and Reduced Price Students”

                                    National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program; Competitive Foods. (7 CFR Parts 210 and 220, Federal Register, Vol 45 No. 20, Tuesday, January 29, 1980, pp 6758-6772

 

 

 

Regulation approved:              June 20, 2017                                 PUTNAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS

                                                                                                                          Putnam, Connecticut