To help parents with the busy day-to-day tasks needed with school-aged children, Food and Nutrition Services offers parents a grace period when lunch money is forgotten. This grace period allows students to charge meals to their school lunch account until they bring money from home or replenish the funds online. Parents are still responsible for repaying the charges accrued during the grace period.
There are maximum charge limits that vary by grade level. High school students can charge $3.25 maximum (one day). Middle school students can charge $6.00 maximum (two days). The charge limit for elementary students is $12.50 (five days). This provides high school students one regular lunch for the day, middle school students on regular lunch for two days and an elementary student with a regular lunch for one-week if they were not participating in breakfast. Once the charge limit is reached, students are offered an alternate lunch of a cheese sandwich, a milk choice and two fruit and vegetable side choices until the charges are repaid. A la carte items and second entrees cannot be charged.
When students are nearing their maximum charge limits, we try to notify parents prior to having to provide an alternate lunch. It is important to make sure your contact information stays current with the school district, so we are able to communicate more efficiently regarding your child’s lunch account.
We recommend parents utilize our online meal payment system offered through MySchoolBucks.com. This allows parents to have funds automatically transferred into their child’s school meal account once they reach an established low balance. This ensures that your child always has money for school lunch or breakfast.
For families that would like to apply for financial assistance, free and reduced price applications can be picked up at your child’s school or by contacting the Food and Nutrition Services finance team at (813) 794-2437.