In accordance with state and federal law, the Aplington Parkersburg Community School District adopts the following policy to ensure school district employees, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations regarding meal charges. The policy seeks to allow students to receive the nutrition they need to stay focused during the school day, prevent the overt identification of students with insufficient funds to pay for school meals, and maintain the financial integrity of the nonprofit school nutrition program.
Payment of Meals
Students have use of a meal account. When the balance reaches $0.00, a family may charge no more than negative $25 to this account. When an account reaches this limit, a student shall not be allowed to charge further meals or a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid. Lunch money may be added at any time to the family lunch account by cash or check to any of the district offices or by using the Payschool option located on the district website under the Lunch tab.
Students who qualify for free meals shall never be denied a reimbursable meal, even if they have accrued a negative balance from previous purchases. Students with outstanding meal charge debt shall be allowed to purchase a meal if the student pays cash for the meal when it is received. Once a family’s negative balance reaches $25, an alternative cold lunch, which meets nutritional standards, will be offered to the student at a cost of $.50 per meal until the negative balance is cleared.
Employees of the district may use a charge account for meals, but may charge no more than -$25 to this account. When an account reaches this limit, an employee shall not be allowed to charge further meals or a la carte items until the negative account balance is paid..
Negative Account Balances
The school district will make reasonable efforts to notify families when meal account balances are low. Additionally, the school district will make reasonable efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt. The school district will coordinate communications with families to resolve the matter of unpaid charges. Families will be notified of an outstanding negative balance once the negative balance reaches $.01. Families will be notified by email or letter if email is not available. Negative balances of more than $20, not paid prior to the end of the school year, will be turned over to the superintendent or superintendent’s designee for collection. Options may include: collection agencies, small claims court, or any other legal method permitted by law.
2017-18 Breakfast/Lunch Prices
Breakfast: Adult $2.25
Lunch: Adult $3.55