Cafeteria Charge Policy

Each student in the Dewey School District has a point-of-sale cafeteria account in which participation is voluntary for lunch and/or breakfast.  Students may bring their lunch from home if desired.

Parents/guardians should deposit money in advance on their student’s or family account on a regular basis if their students are regularly eating in the cafeteria.  

Payments in the form of cash or check can be made in any building office, the student’s classroom, the cafeteria, or through (There is a link on the school website).  

The “charging” of meals is done on a limited basis only.  Charges for full-pay students are limited to approximately $10.00/ 1 Student or $20.00 for 2 or more students.  Charges for reduced-pay students are limited to  approximately $3.00/ 1 Student or $6.00 for 2 or more students.

If a student is nearing his/ her charge limit the parent or guardian will be notified in writing and/or by telephone.  It is the responsibility of the parent to pay all charges made through the cafeteria.  

The following conditions may limit or eliminate a student’s ability to charge:

     -Charged amount not paid in a timely manner

     -Continually charging over the charge limit

     -Exceeding the charge limit by an excessive amount

If a student’s ability to charge is eliminated by the school, the parents will be notified by the school.  At the time of this notification, other eating or paying options will be discussed with the parent.  The decision to eliminate a student’s ability to charge will be made by school administration.

Reminders are sent home weekly with elementary students for balances under $7.  Middle school and high school students are reminded in line and encouraged to take a note reminder if they need one.  Elementary students are also reminded in the line and may take a note reminder.   Parents are welcome to call the school Cafeteria Accounts anytime to check their student’s balance.

 Applications for reduced or free meals for students can be obtained from any building office at any time.

Balances owed need to be paid before the last day of school.  NO CHARGES will be allowed during the last 2 weeks of school.   

Refunds from a student’s prepaid cafeteria account will be made upon parental request ($3 minimum).  Such requests will be processed through the school board.  If no refund request is made, the prepaid amount will be carried over to the next school year.

If the student leaves the school district without requesting a refund and the amount is $3 or less, the money will be used as a donation for the Child Nutrition Program (CNP).  If the amount is more than $3, after a request is processed through the school board, the money will be forwarded to the known address of the student.  If the envelope is returned, the money will be treated as a donation to the CNP.  

All employee charges must be paid out by the 25th of each month.

Dewey Board of Education Policy CO-R5.  Adopted 10/06/2008, Revised 01/11/2016.