School Meal Charge Procedures | Kenosha Unified School District

School Meal Charge Procedures

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Background Information

  • The KUSD recognizes that healthy, nutritious meals are an important component to student readiness and ability to learn.
  • In addition, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 210.10(a)(1) General Nutrition Requirements states "Schools must provide nutritious and well-balanced meals to all the children they serve.” In accordance with this regulation, the KUSD will not deny any student access to school lunch.
  • By statue, the district’s Food Service Department is a self-supporting fund that shall not have a negative balance at the close of a fiscal year.
  • Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the district’s operating budget.
  • To be fair and equitable and in order to ensure compliance of all who participate in the school meal program, the proce-dures establish methods of payment and charge availability.
  • The KUSD procedures establish the following:
    • Establish consistent district procedures regarding the method of payment for meals and charge availability for charges in the district’s meal program.
    • To treat all students with dignity at all times
    • To provide free meals for all students who qualify for free meals.
    • To provide reduced priced meals for all students who qualify for reduced meals.

Meal Charge Procedures

Elementary School Students

  • Allowed to accrue a negative balance of negative (-)$18.90.
  • Once the negative limit is met, a snack of graham crackers, applesauce and milk is provided until the negative balance is brought below negative (-)$18.90. A $0.50 charge will be applied to the student’s account for each snack given.
  • Low/Negative Balance Notices are sent when account balances reach positive (+)$12.50. Notices are printed each Tuesday afternoon and distributed to schools on Wednesday morning-to go home in the traditional Wednesday folder.
  • If an account balance is greater than negative (-)$18.90, students are still allowed to eat breakfast.

Middle School Students

  • Not allowed to accrue a negative balance.
  • Students with a negative balance are not allowed to eat lunch unless they have cash in hand to pay for the lunch.
  • Students without cash for the lunch will be given a snack consisting of graham crackers, applesauce and milk. A $0.50 charge will be applied to the student’s account for each snack given.
  • Cashiers will give students with low balances of positive (+)$10.00 and lower a REMINDER slip to notify them to bring in more money for meals.

High School Students

  • Not allowed to accrue a negative balance.
  • Students with a negative balance are not allowed to eat lunch unless they have cash in hand to pay for the lunch.
  • Students without cash for the lunch will be given a snack consisting of graham crackers, applesauce and milk. A $0.50 charge will be applied to the student’s account for each snack given.

Payment Options

  1. Online Payment at MySchoolBucks. Choose from:
    1. One time funding
      or
    2. Smart-Pay: Automatically adds money to an account when they reach a certain dollar amount as determined by the parent. Notified by email when balance is getting low and a payment is going to be made. *Remember to check your credit card expiration date*
  2. Send money to school.
  3. Send money to:
    Educational Support Center
    Food Service Central Office
    3600 52nd St
    Kenosha, WI 53144
  4. In-person credit card payments at the Food Service department in the Educational Support Center.

Questions?

For clarification on the School Meal Charge Procedures, please call the Food Service Department at 262-359-6382