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Unpaid Meal Policy

Unpaid Meal Policy

USD 461 Neodesha Schools


In order to comply with state and federal meal reimbursement guidelines, student meal accounts are not allowed to incur debt larger than $10.00.  If a student’s account reaches a negative balance of -$10.00, the student is no longer allowed to charge meals and will be provided an alternate meal by the district for up to 5 days.  The meal typically consists of a carton of milk and bowl of cereal.  Since it is provided free to the student, it must be at a minimal cost to the district.  After this period, parents/guardians must send money or make other arrangements for the student’s meals.  When a student’s meal account balance gets low, notes are sent home.  Parents/guardians may also log in to PowerSchool to check meal account balances.  School personnel make every effort to collect unpaid meal charges by contacting the parent/guardian through phone calls, emails, and/or letters in order to avoid students not receiving a hot meal.  Parents/guardians are encouraged to fill out an Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals at the beginning of the school year or any point thereafter.  Families who do not qualify initially, but have a change in circumstances, should reapply.  If a student’s meal status changes to free and/or reduced, all outstanding balances must still be paid in full.  Negative balances become bad debt when a child leaves the district for any reason with unpaid charges.  Bad debt will be determined at the end of the school year.  Sufficient funds will be transferred to the food service fund to cover the bad debt.    

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High School 620.325.3015 F:620.325.2382

North Lawn Elementary 620.325.3011 F:620.325.8106

Heller Elementary 620.325.3066 F:620.325.2933

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