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Meal Charge Guidelines

The policy of the Dubuque Community School District is to offer breakfast and lunches to all students within the district. As a student’s account balance approaches a zero balance or becomes negative, the following procedures will apply.

Elementary School

  • Students may charge any combination of meals up to a negative balance of $6.00.
  • When the negative $6.00 charge limit is reached an alternate sandwich with milk will be offered for lunch and Cheerios with milk for breakfast, until the charges are paid in full. This alternate lunch or breakfast will not be charged to the student’s account.
  • Payment envelopes indicating the student’s account balance, for those accounts with less than $3.00, will be sent home with the students on a weekly basis.
  • Parents may receive e-mail notification through the Meal Magic System.

Middle School/High School

  • Students may charge any combination of meals up to a negative balance of $6.00.
  • Snack or a la carte items may only be purchased with a positive account balance.
  • When the negative $6.00 charge limit is reached an alternate sandwich with milk will be offered for lunch and toast with milk for breakfast, until charges are paid in full. This alternate lunch or breakfast will not be charged to the student’s account.
  • If a student with a negative balance attempts to purchase a la carte items with cash, the money must first be applied to the negative balance.
  • Students will be verbally notified of their account balance at the cash register when the balance falls below $5.00.
  • Parents may receive e-mail notification through the Meal Magic System.

Employees

  • Employees may also establish meal accounts. An employee’s meal account balance may not fall below zero.
  • Employees may receive e-mail notification through the Meal Magic System.