Chapter 7

  • STUDENT BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

    GENERAL OVERVIEW

    School Nutrition Services is made up of a team of more than 70 food and nutrition professionals dedicated to serving our students healthy meals.

    Breakfast service is offered in most buildings, and lunch is offered to all students in all District buildings. At our elementary buildings, meals are prepared and delivered daily from our central kitchen facility. Our four junior highs have individual kitchens and prepare the multiple choices that are offered daily for our students.

    School meals are healthy meals. We offer a variety of affordable and appealing choices daily. Our programs are operated under the federally funded National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Our regulations are developed and administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Illinois School Board of Education. We are inspected at least three times each year by our local health departments and consistently score very high.

    Our daily menu selections are served in age-appropriate portions, and ensure that students are receiving the recommended daily allowances of key nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, iron, and calcium when averaged over a five-day period. With the introduction of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, all students must select at least a half-cup serving of fruit and/or vegetable with their meal. Our Fruit and Veggie Boost Bars offer a variety of fruit and vegetables daily. In addition to fruit cups and chilled fruit, we also offer a daily fresh seasonal fruit basket.

    Our products are formulated to meet federal standards for low fat, low sodium, and no transfats. We purchase the same brands as you might: Tyson and Pilgrim’s Pride (GoldKist) chicken products, Simplot and McCain potato products, Land O’Lakes cheeses, and Del Monte and Dole fruit. Our pizza products are formulated to use low-fat cheeses and whole-grain crusts. All of our grain products offered are 51 percent whole-grain rich.

    LUNCH

    Lunches are available for purchase daily at a cost of $2.60 per meal for elementary students and $2.70 per meal for junior high students. Reduced-price meals cost 40 cents. Students eligible for free meals are entitled to a free lunch. All meals include low-fat white and non-fat flavored milks. All of our menus are processed through a nutritional analysis software to ensure that we meet or exceed all federal program requirements.

    Students who bring lunch from home may purchase milk for 45 cents.

    BREAKFAST

    In schools where breakfast is available, the daily cost is $1.30 per meal, including milk. Students who meet eligibility requirements for free meals are also entitled to a free breakfast, and those on the reduced program may purchase breakfast for 30 cents.

    CEP SCHOOL BUILDINGS

    Jane Addams, Virginia Lake, Lake Louise, Winston Campus Junior High and Conyers Learning Academy schools are in a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), funded by the federal government. Students in these schools are entitled to receive a free breakfast and a free lunch each day. No application or action is required by parents for this voluntary program.

    This program does not extend as a fee waiver for students. In order to apply for a fee waiver, parents/guardians must complete the purple “Application for Educational Benefits” form, available online and at each school building.

    Á LA CARTE

    All á la carte items meet the “Smart Snacks in Schools” regulations. They are: under 200 calories, less than 35% of weight from total sugars, 0 grams trans fats, less than 230 mg sodium, less an 35% total calories from fat, and less than 10% saturated fat. In the elementary schools, low-fat/reduced-fat ice cream novelties and other healthy snack items may be available for purchase at an additional cost. Not all items are available every day. (See website for a list of items available.) In the junior high schools, salads, sandwiches, baked chip/pretzel products, and other low-fat items are available daily. Parents may elect to limit á la carte purchases by calling their child’s school and speaking to the lunch coordinator.

    MENUS

    Starting in August 2018, District 15 will begin using the MealViewer Menu software. MealViewer is a program that allows parents and students to view menus on a computer or a hand-held device through Apple and Google Play. A link will also be posted on the District 15 website, www.ccsd15.net/menus. There are many advantages to the MealViewer program, as it allows parents and students to view calorie counts, allergens, and other nutritional information.

    ALLERGIES

    There are monthly menus available for students with celiac disease, peanut, tree nut, and dairy allergies. Parents must contact Nutrition Services, 847-963-3928 (Bobbie Desprat or Kristin Voigts) for further information.

    FOOD SHARING

    Please remind your child not to share his/her lunch with others due to food allergy concerns.

    PAYMENT

    Breakfast and lunch may be purchased by the day, week, month, semester, or year. Meal payments must be made in advance, and may be made two ways—online, or at each school by cash or check.

    • Online Payments—Payments into a student’s school meal account can be made online with credit or debit cards (Visa, Discover, and MasterCard). Parents may also monitor student account balances and transactions, and request low balance notifications. For more information or to enroll, go to the District 15 website, www.ccsd15.net/StudentMeals, or www.mymealtime.com.
    • Cash or Check Payments—Cash or check payments for meals should be brought to your child’s school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class/section written on it. Checks should be made payable to “CCSD15 School Nutrition Services.”

    UNPAID MEAL CHARGES PROCEDURES

    Elementary School Negative Balance Procedure—When a student has a low balance (the amount remaining in account is less than the value of three lunches), a low balance reminder is sent home. If a student has a negative balance in their meal account, a negative balance reminder will be sent home with the student. We ask that when the negative balance reminder is sent home that money is sent with the student the following day or deposited via MealTime Online.

    Students are allowed three IOU’s and will be served lunch and breakfast (if available at your student’s school). If the student comes through the lunch line and has a negative balance equivalent to three meals or more, they will not be able to receive the entrée that day. They will be offered an alternate entrée, however, they are able to complement their alternate entrée with fruits and vegetables of their choosing, milk, and anything else offered with lunch that day. Students will also be given an alternate entrée for breakfast as well. Again, they are able to complement their breakfast with fresh fruits, juice, and milk.

    Students must have money in their account to purchase a la carte items (including milk).

    Junior High Negative Balance Procedure—As students go through the line, they are advised if additional funds are needed. If a student has a negative balance in their meal account, a negative balance reminder will be sent home with the student at least two times per month. We ask that when the negative balance reminder is sent home that money is sent with the student the following day or deposited via MealTime Online.

    Students are allowed three IOU’s and will be served lunch and breakfast (if available at your student’s school). If the student comes through the lunch line and has a negative balance equivalent to three meals or more, they will not be able to receive the entrée that day. They will be offered an alternate entrée, however, they are able to complement their alternate entrée with fruits and vegetables of their choosing, milk, and anything else offered with lunch that day. Students will also be given an alternate entrée for breakfast as well. Again, they are able to complement their breakfast with fresh fruits, juice, and milk.

    Students must have money in their account to purchase a la carte items (including milk).

    BALANCES OWED

    At the beginning of May, at a date set by the Director of Nutrition Services, students will no longer be able to charge a meal at any grade level. This information is posted in the cafeteria, as well as on the May menu, and all schools are notified. Any student wishing to purchase a meal must have money in their account to do so. Notices will be sent home weekly if your student has an outstanding balance. If families need assistance in paying outstanding balances, they should contact Nutrition Services at 847-963-3929 to discuss alternative payment arrangements.

    All graduating students must pay all charges in full.

    All charges not paid before the end of the school year will be carried forward into the next school year.

    REFUNDS

    Any student who is withdrawn due to moving out of district or graduating is entitled to a refund of any money remaining in their account by submitting a written or email request or by a phone call to School Nutrition Services at 847-963-3928.

    If there are any remaining siblings in the district after a student has graduated, any remaining funds can be transferred to the sibling by submitting a written or email request (despratb@ccsd15.net) or by a phone call to School Nutrition Services at 847-963-3928.

    Should you have any questions about these procedures, please contact School Nutrition Services at 847-963-3928 or email despratb@ccsd15.net.

    FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SERVICES

    Children from households that meet federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. Children who are eligible for free lunches can also receive breakfast at no charge at schools where breakfast is served.

    Application forms for free or reduced-price meals are available online at www.mymealtime.com and are available at the school.

    Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year. They can also be submitted for a single child or for an entire family, and all types of applications can be submitted—income-based, foster child, categorical certification, etc. Households should answer all applicable questions on the form. Applications that do not contain all required information cannot be processed and approved.

    For more information on free or reduced-price meal services, contact your child’s school or School Nutrition Services at 847-963-3928, or visit www.ccsd15.net/StudentMeals.

    HOME FOR LUNCH

    In elementary schools, students who live within a reasonable walking distance from school may go home for lunch. Children who walk home for lunch may leave at the beginning of the lunch hour but must first sign out in the school office. Approval for a student to go to a friend’s home for lunch requires a note from both students’ parents. Children need to return to the school no later than five minutes before the end of the lunch hour and sign back in upon return.

    Junior high schools do not have open campuses, so students are expected to eat in the school cafeteria. No food or drink may be taken from the cafeteria.