808-AR-3. STUDENT FOOD SERVICE CHARGES-DEBT
Due to the large number of students charging their meals, it is necessary to address the issue of delinquent food service accounts.
The Board of School Directors is required to provide healthy meals in accordance with current regulation and policy. The Board of School Directors shall permit students to incur what the Board or its designee considers reasonable charges and that parents/guardians shall be contacted for payment of said charges.
The district shall inform, in writing, parent/guardian, who incurred a negative balance, of the district’s policy regarding food service charges. The Food Service Department of the Fox Chapel Area School District adopted a Point of Service System (P.O.S.S.) for meal purchases in each building. Parents/guardians have the ability to prepay for meals by depositing funds to the students account. All students are issued a Personal Identification Number (PIN) upon entering grade K and will retain a PIN while enrolled in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
A written notice will be sent by mail to parent/guardian whose students have a debt greater than $10.00, informing them of the balance and the notice shall include information on payment options. If the balance is not paid immediately, the student will be provided a qualified lunch at the cost of a school lunch. Students with a negative account balance may not purchase a second meal, ala carte items, snacks, or beverages. Elementary students with a negative account balance may purchase a milk.
Parents are encouraged to keep funds in their child’s account.
Parents with hardships can apply for Free and Reduced Meals at any time during the school year. However, this will not negate the charges incurred nor can a Free and Reduced Meal application be back-dated to address accrued charges.
The District will attempt to collect on accrued charges through contact with parent/guardian. The District will work with parent/guardian to set up a payment plan for families that are experiencing difficulties paying for their accrued charges.