Meal Charge Standard Practice
The purpose of this Meal Charge Standard Practice is to establish a consistent District process for charging meals when students do not have money to pay for school meals. This standard practice does not apply to children who are eligible for Free meals.meals.
Preventing Meal Charges
It is the responsibility of the parent / guardian to ensure their child has sufficient funds on their account to cover all school meals and to keep abreast of their child’s account. Funds can be deposited to a child’s meal account (1) online using Titan School Solutions or (2) in the cafeteria at the school site when a cafeteria assistant is present or (3) at the District Office. When depositing funds online go to Titan School Solutions to set up and manage your child’s online meal prepayments. Online meal prepayments are strongly encouraged. There is a small convenience fee. Even if you do not choose to make online payments, you can still utilize the account to check the balance of your child’s meal account and see what dates your child participated in the meal programs. Online accounts also have a “ low Balance” or “automatic deposit at low balance” email alert feature. To get assistance or further information please contact the Food Service office at 707-778-4851.
Elementary Students: We will not allow any student to go hungry. Therefore a student that comes to the cafeteria without money or without money on their account will be asked if they would like a meal which will be charged to their account at the rate of: Reduced - .30 cents for breakfast and .40 cents for lunch; full pay - $2.00 for breakfast and $3.50 for lunch.
Junior High and High School Students: We do not want any student to go hungry. If a student comes to the cafeteria and wants something to eat, but has no money on their account or no cash, we will encourage them to get a meal which meets all USDA Regulations and this meal will be charged to their account – Reduced - .40 cents for breakfast and lunch; Full pay students - $2.75 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch. There will be no charging of snack items that are for sale at the secondary level. (For example: chips, cookies, drinks, etc.).
Collection of Unpaid Meal Charges
Parents / Guardians will be notified at regular intervals, in writing, by phone, and/or email, if a student’s meal account has an unpaid balance. Unpaid balances are due within 10 days of the date of the notice/email/ phone call. It is the responsibility of the parent / guardian to clear your child’s negative meal account.
If a student is without meal money on a regular basis, the administration will investigate the situation more closely. If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meals for their child. Applications for free or reduced price meals can be found online at Titan School Solutions or a paper application can be picked up at the school or district office.
Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication
Below is the specific language that LEAs must include when notifying households about the EITC. This language is in RTC Section 19854:
Based on your annual earnings, you may ne eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.