Effective July 1, 2017, all school districts are required to implement and communicate a charge policy each school year. The recommended policy is as follows.
No student will be denied a reimbursable school breakfast or lunch at the point-of-sale (POS). Students who reach the POS without funds to purchase a reimbursable meal will be allowed to charge the meal or a carton of milk if they brought their Breakfast/Lunch from home. Students may never charge a la carte items except a carton of milk if the student brought their Breakfast/Lunch from home. Adults may charge up to $12.00. School Foodservice staff are not allowed to take a tray from a student and must charge students for reimbursable meals at the POS.
Students are encouraged to pay in advance for meal purchases at the point-of-sale or online at www.mypaymentsplus.com. Students will be reminded verbally as needed when their account is getting low. When a student incurs meal charges parents/guardians will be notified via email and mailed letters. Charge letters will be mailed to households from the BGISD central office once the account reaches negative $12.00. Principals will receive a report monthly via e-mail that provides the name and amount owed by students in their building. School administration will assist in determining if there are extenuating circumstances and assist as needed. No student will be denied food or beverage. BGISD may pursue additional collection efforts.
School-based administrators may complete a free/reduced price meal application for a student with a non-responsive parent/guardian. The USDA requirement to notify the parent/guardian of the action will be followed.