ES-M district limits students' charged lunches

No one is supposed to be denied a lunch either. Neveldine said that there is always the option of peanut butter and jelly.

"Everybody gets fed in other words," Neveldine said. "No one goes without a meal."

The change also included price increases for lunch and breakfast in all the schools. The price for lunch went up 10 cents in the elementary schools and 15 cents in the secondary schools. Breakfast prices also increased 15 cents.

The policy adopted over the summer prohibits high school students from charging any lunches. However, in the middle schools, up to three meals may be charged before being given peanut butter and jelly and there is no charging of ala carte items. Students in the elementary schools can charge up to three lunches before being given just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and skim milk. The student is still charged a full amount for the lunch.


Parents complained that some students feel humiliated by being denied a lunch and that if they do not like peanut butter and jelly they are not able to even charge ala carte items. Parents were also angered that there was no other option for students in high school, many of which have after school practices, activities, or games, preventing them from even going home after school to eat.

One mother in particular, representing a group of parents, stood up and read a prepared statement concerned that some students were going the whole day without eating. She urged the board to reconsider the policy.

Like many teenagers, Colton usually does not eat breakfast, so not eating lunch means he goes from the time he wakes up to after school before grabbing a bite to eat. And Colton said he has bought his friends' lunches, on more than one occasion when they have forgotten their money, so they can eat a hot meal.

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