Food Service

Pay your Child's lunch account online!

Pay Online

MEAL CHARGES 

The following procedures establish a consistent process for charging meals when students do not have money to pay, minimizing the identification of children who do not have money to pay, preventing meal charges, and collecting on unpaid meal charges.  Such a procedure ensures that Food Services staff, school administrators, families, and students have a shared understanding of expectations in these situations.

Charging Meals

Any child who requests a meal will be served a fully reimbursable meal from the daily menu that meets the USDA’s nutrition standards for school meals.  Children are allowed to charge meals to an account even when an unpaid balance is on the account.  No a la carte charges will be allowed for any grade.  Adult meals cannot be charged.

Children who have money to pay for a reduced price or full price meal at the time of service must be provided a meal. The money may not be used to repay previously unpaid charges if the child intended to use the money to purchase that day’s meal.

Protecting  Children’s Confidentiality

Conway Public Schools strives to serve each child with dignity and respect.  Hand stamps, stickers or any other means of overt identification of children with unpaid meal debt in the cafeteria or the classroom are prohibited. Additionally, children with unpaid meal debt shall not be required to work off their debt, including, but not limited to, wiping down tables or cleaning the cafeteria.

All communication regarding unpaid meal debt will be directed to parents or guardians.  Schools may send a letter home with children in an unmarked envelope.  If a child asks about his or her meal account balance, Food Services staff will communicate with the child discreetly.

Preventing Meal Charges

To prevent meal charges, the Food Services program will:

  • Notify families of low account balances, and
  • Ensure that all eligible families are certified for free and reduced-price school meals by:
  • Providing all households with school meal applications prior to the start of the school year;
  • Providing school meal applications in the primary language of he parent or guardian.  Households with questions or who need assistance with completing an application may contact Angela Pedersen at (360)445-5785.
  • Regularly utilizing data provided by the state or other school district officials to certify eligible children without an application;
  • Making efforts to directly certify a child for free or reduced-price meals through the state when their household has unpaid meal fees.  If the school district is unable to directly certify the child, the district will contact the family by phone and/or in writing to encourage completion of the school meal application; and
  • Completing a school meal application for any child known to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household fails to apply.

Notifying Households of Low and Negative Account Balances

The district will notify parents of negative account balances via our Skyward email system or through a letter home.  The district may also send negative account balance statements home with the child in a confidential envelope/notice.

Households that are certified for free or reduced-price meals at a point later in the school year will not be required to repay school meal debt accrued earlier in the school year.

MEAL CHARGE POLICY UPDATE
Free and Reduce Application - English
Free and Reduced Application - Spanish

Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2019 West Corporation. All rights reserved.