Policy on Unpaid Meal Charges

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It is the policy of The Tempe Elementary School District to provide a complete meal to all students. In the event a student’s account has insufficient funds to pay for the meal, the account is charged. Parents/guardians shall be contacted for payment through phone calls and written notification.

À la carte purchases are not permitted when the account is in a negative balance. 

When a negative account balance exceeds the dollar amount equivalent to ten lunches:

  • The Principal will be notified.
  • A social worker and/or designated staff member of Nutrition Services will contact the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) to determine an appropriate resolution of the circumstance. 
  • The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) will be provided application materials for the reduced-price and free meal programs.

If it is determined the district is unsuccessful in collecting payment, the debt may be handed over to a collection agency.