Meal Charging

Standard Operating Procedure


The responsibility for ensuring children can participate in meal service is that of the parent/guardian. The District’s responsibility is ensuring children have a school meals program available.

Kindergarten-Grade 5

Charging limits are higher for K-5 students as they are most at risk. If a student does not have an adequate balance in their account to cover the cost of a meal, then:

1 meal balance: Verbal reminder.

0 balance: Verbal reminder.

-1 meal: Verbal reminder. Student is allowed to eat school lunch.

-2 meals: Student is allowed to eat school lunch. Food Service contacts parent. A verbal reminder is given to bring money for meal service for the following day.

If student fails to bring money, and has a negative dollar amount of two lunches, the student is offered a sandwich and milk. Student’s name is then referred to the principal for payment and/or follow-up.

Grades 6-8

Students are allowed to charge up to two lunch meals. If a student does not have a positive account balance, they are offered a sandwich and milk. Students, parents/guardians are responsible for knowledge of meal account balances.

Grades 9-12

Students are allowed to charge one lunch meal. If a student does not have a positive account balance, they are offered a sandwich and milk. Students, parents/guardians are responsible for knowledge of meal account balances. No ala carte is charged at any grade level, including milk.

Stay informed of your child’s lunch account balance

Sign up at www.paypams.com to receive free email alerts informing you of low lunch account balances. If the student continues to precipitate a negative balance, the principal will initiate action on behalf of the child’s welfare.