John Glenn School Corporation
Bylaws & Policies
 

8500 - FOOD SERVICES

The School Board will provide cafeteria or serving facilities in all schools where space and facilities permit, and food service for the purchase and consumption of lunch for all students.

The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities, including the Food Service program. Students and all other members of the School Corporation community and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of unlawful discrimination and/or retaliation related to the Food Service program to a teacher, administrator, supervisor, or other Corporation official so that the Board may address the conduct. See Policy 2260 Ė Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity.

The Food Service program will comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages, including but not limited to the current USDA school meal pattern requirements and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as to the fiscal management of the program. In addition, as required by law, a food safety program that is based on the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system shall be implemented with the intent of preventing food-borne illnesses. For added safety and security, access to the facility and the food stored and prepared therein shall be limited to food service program staff and other authorized persons.

Substitutions to the standard meal requirements shall be made, at no additional charge, for students for whom a health care provider who has prescriptive authority in the State of Indiana has provided medical certification that the student has a disability that restricts his/her diet, in accordance with the criteria set forth in 7 C.F.R. Part 15b. To qualify for such substitutions the medical certification must identify:

 

A.

the student's disability and the major life activity affected by the disability;

 
 

B.

an explanation of why the disability affects the studentís diet; and

 
 

C.

the food(s) to be omitted from the student's diet and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted (e.g., caloric modifications or use of liquid nutritive formula).

On a case-by-case basis, substitutions to the standard meal requirements may be made, at no additional charge, for students who are not identified as having a disability but have a signed statement from a qualified medical authority that the student cannot consume certain food items due to medical or other special dietary needs. To qualify for such consideration and substitutions the medical statement must identify:

 

A.

the medical or dietary need that restricts the student's diet; and

 

B.

the food(s) to be omitted from the student's diet and the food(s) or choice of foods that may be substituted.

For students who need a nutritionally equivalent milk substitute, only a signed request by a parent or guardian is required.

The operation and supervision of the Food Service program is the responsibility of the Food Service Director. Food services will be operated on a self-supporting basis with revenue from students, staff, Federal reimbursement, and surplus food. The Board will assist the program by furnishing available space, initial major equipment, and utensils.

Meal Charges

Lunches sold by the Corporation may be purchased by students, staff members and community residents in accordance with the procedures established by the Superintendent.

The Superintendent shall recommend and the Board shall approve the cost of meals for elementary, middle, and high schools annually.

Staff members and adult community residents shall not be permitted to charge meals.

The Superintendent shall develop procedures regarding meal charges, which shall be implemented by the Food Service Director. This procedure will provide direction so that students attending Corporation schools who do not have funds in their account or on-hand to cover the cost of their meal at the time of service are treated consistently, parents of students who charge meals are notified when a student charges a meal, and efforts are made to collect the charges made by students so that the unpaid charges are not classified as "bad debt" at the end of the school year.

Significant negative lunch account balances shall not be permitted. A significant negative lunch account balance is any balance owed in excess of $7.00.

If a student has a significant negative lunch account balance, s/he shall be provided an alternate meal, the cost of which shall continue to accrue to his/her negative lunch account balance, and his/her parent(s) shall be contacted to collect the outstanding charges. The alternate meal will be a low-cost alternative to the regular reimbursable meal and shall meet USDA nutritional standards or the Smart Snacks in Schools Regulations so that it qualifies for reimbursement under the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.

Furthermore, students with a negative lunch account balance shall not be permitted to charge any à la carte food or beverage items.

Any significant negative lunch account balance should be pursued for collection before it is determined to be uncollectible pursuant to Policy 6151.

The Boardís policy and Superintendentís procedure related to meal charges shall be distributed in writing to all households at the start of each school year and to households transferring to the school or Corporation during the school year. Additionally, the Boardís policy and Superintendentís procedure related to meal charges shall be distributed to all Corporation staff responsible for policy enforcement, including Corporation food service employees, accounting staff, and all other staff involved in enforcing any aspect of the meal charge policy at the beginning of the school year and upon hire during the school year. If the Corporation contracts with any third party to provide food services, the Board policy and Superintendentís procedure also must be distributed to the contractor and its employees working in the Corporation schools.

A lunch account becomes inactive after a student withdraws or has graduated. An inactive lunch account that has a positive balance of $10 or less may be receipted back into the school lunch fund where the School Lunch Program funds are maintained. Effort should be made to return any balance owed to inactive students. If the corporation is unable to locate and return an inactive student's balance after two (2) years, they may write off the balance to the School Lunch Fund. An inactive lunch account that has a nominal negative account balance of $50 or less may be offset against the positive balances in the Fund; provided, however, that if the parent requests and can document entitlement to the positive balance in the account, the parent is entitled to a refund of that amount.

Bad Debt/Uncollectable Debt

Significant negative lunch account balances that are not collected in the year when the debt was incurred shall be classified as bad debt. Bad debt incurred through the inability to collect lunch payment from students is not an allowable cost chargeable to any Federal program. Once classified as bad debt, non-Federal funding sources shall reimburse the school lunch program account for the total amount of the bad debt. If funds to reimburse the Corporation for this bad debt are not available from another source, such as school or community organizations (like the PTA) or any other non-Federal source, the funds to reimburse the school lunch program shall be transferred from the Corporation general fund or other State or local funding to make that reimbursement.

Once the uncollectable/delinquent debt charges are converted to bad debt, records relating to those charges must be maintained in accordance with the record retention requirements in 7 C.F.R. 210.9(b)(17) and 7 C.F.R. 210.15(b). Any related collection costs, including legal costs, arising from such bad debt after they have been determined to be uncollectable also are unallowable.

Bad debt may be removed from accounts receivable in accordance with Policy 6151.

Additional Compliance

In accordance with Federal law, the Superintendent will take such actions as are necessary to obtain a minimum of two (2) food safety inspections per school year, which are conducted by the State or local governmental agency responsible for food safety inspections. The report of the most recent inspection will be posted in a publicly visible location, and a copy of the report will be available upon request.

A periodic review of the Food Service accounts will be made by the Treasurer.

Any surplus funds from the National School Lunch Program will be used to reduce the cost of the service to students or to purchase cafeteria equipment. Surplus funds from à la carte foods may accrue to the Food Service program.

With regard to the operation of the Corporation Food Service program, the Superintendent shall require the:

 

A.

maintenance of sanitary, neat premises free from fire and health hazards;

 
 

B.

preparation of food that complies with Federal food safety regulations;

 
 

C.

purchase of food and supplies in accordance with State and Federal law, USDA regulations, and Board policy; (see Policy 1130, Policy 1214, Policy 3113, Policy 3214, Policy 4113, Policy 4214, and Policy 6460)

 
 

D.

accounting and disposition of food-service funds pursuant to Federal and State law and USDA regulations;

 
 

E.

safekeeping and storage of food and food equipment pursuant to State and Federal law and USDA regulations;

 
 

F.

regular maintenance and replacement of equipment.

The Corporationís Food Service program will serve only food items and beverages as determined by the Food Service Department to be in compliance with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Any competitive food items and beverages that are available for sale to students à la carte in the dining area between 12:01 am and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the instructional day shall also comply with the current USDA Nutrition Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and the USDA Smart Snacks in Schools regulations. Foods and beverages unassociated with the food-service program may be sold or vended in the dining area during the school day, which is defined as 12:01 am to thirty (30) minutes after the end of the instructional day, and are subject to the limitations of State law, this policy and Policy 8540.

The Superintendent shall require that the Food Service program serve foods in the schools of the Corporation that are wholesome and nutritious and reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom.

Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and Richard B. Russell National School
Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
7 CFR Parts 15b, 210, 215, 220, 225, 226, 227, 235, 240, 245, 3015
OMB Circular No. AĖ87USDA Smart Snacks in School Food Guidelines (effective
July 1, 2014)
SP 32-2015 Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities
in the Child Nutrition Programs

Revised 12/19/06
Revised 10/21/14
Revised 8/4/15
Revised 3/1/16
Revised 5/17/16
Revised 9/19/17

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