District 49 Meal Fees
District 49's school administrators and cafeteria managers appreciate the opportunity to share in every student’s life by serving him or her a nutritious meal. They use a computerized point-of-service system called QSP. Each student receives a pin number, much like an adult would for an ATM card. This pin number stays with the student all the way through graduation, for as long as the student is enrolled. This computer system tracks free, reduced and paid student meals and accounts.
The nutrition department is regulated by the federal government through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Part of that regulation is the directive to operate as a self-funded enterprise fund (a not-for-profit business) within the school district. This means that District 49's nutrition services does not receive any financial support from local tax-payers to operate the meal programs.
Federal regulations allow schools to deny students who receive reduced- or full-price meals but do not have money (CDE Nutrition Unit Administrator's Reference Manual, Section 4).Below is a summary of the District 49 policy for providing a meal to students who do not have money in their accounts.District 49's nutrition department uses an online payment system to help families manage their student’s lunch accounts. The service allows families to check their student’s balances, purchases and receive low balance reminders free of charge. If desired, the system can be set to automatically place money on a student’s account when the balance reaches a level that is determined by the parent or guardian, or place funds on the account as desired. The system can be accessed at: https://payschools.com/.On May 11, 2017, the Board of Education directors approved a meal price increase of $0.25 for each meal category for the 2017-2018 school year. The increase keeps the district in compliance with Equity in School Lunch Pricing portion of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
District 49 Meal Prices
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