CSSD11 Food & Nutrition Services

Colorado Springs School District 11

 "No" Meal Charge Policy

Effective September 24, 2012 the following policy will apply.

Zero-Balance Prevention:
Parents can track balances themselves online and sign up for email notifications for free by following the links to the School Payment Solutions web site at Pay-for-Meals.aspx.  Registration instructions for Pay-for-Meals is located at the top of that page. 
Every student with a meal card may sign up for this service.
If behavior patterns develop with students who consistently do not have money for meals, the Kitchen Manager will discuss this problem with the principal, counselor, student, or parent to determine the best solution for the student.
Elementary Students
Elementary Students who do not have enough money on their account for a meal will have their meal ID Card removed from the cafeteria before they arrive for breakfast or lunch. Students whose meal ID is not in the "normal" place (e.g. card rack, classroom ticket pack, etc.) will know that there is an issue and he/she will go see the Kitchen Manager for assistance...
  • Any student may work in the kitchen and receive a meal at no cost. Students who forget their meal money may work in the kitchen. Or,
  • Schools or local school organizations (e.g. PTA, student clubs, Student Activity accounts, etc.) may purchase a prepaid meal ticket that would be provided to students on the day that they forget their money. The decision of whether or not to set this up with the FNS Department is a local decision made at the school level.
  • Students who forget their money may be provided an Alternate Meal (Lunch: Peanut Butter or Sun-Butter Sandwich and Milk or Breakfast: Cold Cereal and Milk) on a case by case basis.
    • On each occurrence of an Alternate Meal, students will be provided a half-sheet warning letter to go home with the student about needing money deposited in the student’s meal account or providing a lunch from home.
    • The Alternate Meal service is limited to five consecutive days for a student.  Upon the second Alternate Meal, the Kitchen Manager will see the Principal, Teacher, or School Counselor for support with the student’s situation (e.g. sending a FRL app home, completing a FRL app for known “zero household income” situations, or finding money to pay for the student’s meals.)
Secondary Students
Any student may work in the kitchen and receive a meal at no cost. Students who forget their meal money may work in the kitchen. or
Schools or local school organizations (e.g. PTA, student clubs, Student Activity accounts, etc.) may purchase a prepaid meal ticket that would be provided to students on the day that they forget their money.
Adult Meals:
Adults are not allowed to charge meals or A la Carte purchases, as per USDA policy regarding school food service use of Federal NSLP funds.

 

The "No Meal Charge" policy has been in place in CSSD11 since 2001.