- Click the "My School Bucks" button below to pre-pay online
- Check your child’s balance (even if you pre-paid at the school)
- Receive low-balance notifications
The goal of the Newton County School District is to provide students with healthy meals each day. However, unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our Food Services Department. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.
The intent of this policy is to establish uniform meal account procedures throughout the Newton County School District. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular and reduced price school lunch meals only. While USDA Child Nutrition Program does not require that a student who pays for meals be served a meal without payment, the Newton County School District provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their lunch money.
Full Pay Students- Elementary, Middle and High School Students will pay for meals at the district's published standard rate each day 2.60 . A student will be allowed to charge a maximum of three (3) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. Once a student has charged those three meals, he/she will not be allowed to charge al carte items, however he/she will be offered a designated menu alternate. Sample: Ham and cheese sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit and milk. This designated menu alternate will be charged to the child's meal account at the standard rate.
Free Meal Benefit- Free status children will be allowed to receive a free lunch each day. Al a carte items must be pre-paid.
Reduced Meal Benefit- Reduced status children will be allowed to receive lunch for .40 each day. A student will be allowed to charge the maximum of nine (9) meals to their account after the balance reaches zero. Once a student has charged those three meals,
he/she will not be allowed to charge al a carte items, however he/she will be offered a designated menu alternate. Sample: ham and cheese sandwich, veggie sticks, fruit and milk. This designated menu alternate will be charged to the child's meal account at the reduced rate.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for meal payment to the food service program. Notices of low or deficit balances will be sent to parents/guardians at regular intervals during the school year.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.