Insufficient Meal Funds

Procedures Regarding Insufficient Meal Funds

To ensure students have funds available for school meals, parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to register online at MySchoolBucks. This secure site allows parents/guardians to: create low balance notifications, view student account balances, view student purchases, deposit funds (fee applies) and set up automated payments (fee applies).

When a student comes to school without lunch or money to purchase a meal:

  1. Student will be given a meal voucher from school administration or designee to obtain lunch from the cafeteria. Vouchers may not be used for à la carte purchases. School administration or designee will then notify the parent/guardian via note, phone call or E-mail to inform them that their student received a meal voucher due to lack of funds and that the parent/guardian is responsible for repaying the amount owed to the school. This amount cannot be repaid via MySchoolBucks.

  2. After three (3) outstanding occurrences, the student will be provided with a voucher for an alternate meal consisting of white milk, graham crackers, fruit and vegetable for which parents/guardians will be charged one dollar ($1.00). School administration or designee will contact the parent/guardian via telephone regarding the total amount owed to help ensure the student has access to a nutritionally balanced meal each day.

  3. If occurrences become excessive and the debt remains unpaid, school administration in conjunction with the Student Services Department, will work with the family or local agency regarding follow-up.

  4. Students may always purchase a meal with "cash in hand" regardless of the amount owed.

  5. As a courtesy, students will be notified by the cashier when their account balance drops below $5.00.

Insufficient Meal Funds Procedure (excerpt from Administrative Procedure 4305.1 regarding the Child Nutrition Program)

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