Code No. 710.4
The North Polk Community School District Food Service department is a self-operating and self-sustaining program. In order to maintain financial stability and equality for all lunch paying students in the school district, this policy regarding lunch accounts will be followed. The State of Iowa Nutrition Program recommends that negative balances are not acceptable; however, a general fund subsidy for negative balances could be appropriate. The Board of Education desires the North Polk Community School District Food Service department to be self-supporting and therefore discourages general fund subsidies.
Breakfast and Lunch Policy – Grades Pre-K—Twelfth Grade
It is recommended that parents or guardians strive to maintain a positive balance in the child/children’s food service account. Positive balances at the end of the school year are rolled over to the child’s account for the next school year. If the child moves or graduates, a refund check will be issued for any remaining positive balance.
Upon the first negative balance of any amount incurred, the food service department will contact the parent/guardian by phone, email, or a written letter indicating to the parent/guardian the balance owed. This will be done at a minimum of once weekly. The At Risk Coordinator will also be in contact with the parent or guardian to resolve the situation.
If a negative balance of $5.00 or greater is reached, contact will be made by the food service department or building principal to the parent/guardian stating that his/her child or family account has a negative balance and that, when the child or family account reaches a debt of $10.00 or more, the child or children will be required to bring a sack lunch.
Payment on the account should cover the negative balance and create a positive balance of at least $20 in the child’s account.
Contact from the food service office will continue to be made weekly for any negative balances. The superintendent may call any families with negative balances totaling $10.00 or more. At any time, if payment arrangements are made with the food service director, building principal, or the superintendent, the child may resume hot lunch participation.
Please note that money needs to be available in a child’s lunch account in order for extra meals, extra milks or snacks to be purchased. This applies to all students, including students from families participating in the free and reduced program.
Negative balances will be carried over to the following school year. These negative balances must be paid in full prior to school starting as a part of the school registration process. Parents with accounts in arrears will be asked to send a lunch from home until negative balances have been taken care of or a payment schedule arranged and adhered to. The school district and the food service department reserve the right to take any other reasonable action, including legal action, to collect the balance due in any student’s account.
Reviewed: 06/20/2007, 08/25/2011, 08/18/2016
Revised: 06/29/2011, 05/21/2015