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 Services 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.
Secondary SchoolThe middle and high school level charge policy:
We do not allow charging at the middle or high school level.
District 49's Nutrition Services 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/.
- Several secondary schools have set up procedures for helping students without lunch money, like visiting the front office to use school funds or donations for their lunch.
- A la carte items are available for purchase.
District 49 Meal Prices
Nutrition Services Resources
Prepay School Meals
Prepay school meals online using this portal.
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