We’re Excited About Nutrition in ACSD!

The Child Nutrition Program offers nutritious breakfasts and lunches at every school building in Attala County School District. Proper nutrition is fundamental for the success of academic programs.

Our meals meet the new USDA Nutrition Standards, which requires the following:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free) More whole grains
  • Less sodium

The new requirements build on the work we have already been doing to provide more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthier main dishes in our cafeteria. Now is a great time for students to choose school lunch!

 

Food Service Director, Chastity Whittington

662-289-7669


Ethel High School Food Service Manager, Terry Avent

“Café on the Hill” 662-647-5692


Greenlee Elementary, Jessica King

“The Corner Café” 662-647-5485


Long Creek Elementary, Gennell Stingley

“Eagle Nest Café” 662-289-3124


McAdams High School, Martha Jones

” Bulldog Diner” 662-289-2509

 

 

Attala County School District Child Nutrition Payment and Charge Policy (ACSB Policy JGHRD) The Attala County School District recognizes that healthy, nutritious meals are an important component to student readiness and ability to learn. In addition, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 210.10 (a)(1) General Nutrition Requirements states “Schools must provide nutritious and well-balanced meals to all the children they serve.” In accordance with this regulation, the Attala County School district will not deny any student access to school lunch. However, by statute, the district’s Food and Nutritional Services department is a self-supporting fund that shall not have a negative balance at the close of a fiscal year. Unpaid charges place a financial strain on the Food and Nutritional Services department and on the district’s operating budges. To be fair and equitable and in order to ensure compliance of all who participate in the school meal program, the policy establishes procedures for methods of payment, charge availability and collection methods. Method of Payment The Attala County School District will accept pre-payment of school meals in the form of cash or check at the register or via the school meal online payment center, mySchoolBucks.com. Students are also allowed to prepay for meals when cashiers come by the classrooms to obtain advance payments. Cash or check for a daily meal will also be accepted at the register. Student Accounts Any student whose school meal account has a zero or negative balance will be allowed to charge a reimbursable meal. A “reimbursable meal” is defined as a meal consisting of at least three (3) of the five (5) offered meal components (grain, meat or meat alternative, fruit, vegetable and milk) and must include a fruit and/or vegetable component. This will result in a negative balance on the student’s account until funds are added to the student’s account. Under no circumstances will a student with a negative account balance be allowed to purchase extra items until the student’s account is in good standing. “Good standing” for the purchase of extra items is defined as an account with a positive balance. For Students with Free Lunch Status The federal school lunch program allows a qualifying student to receive a free school lunch every day. Students are required to take a reimbursable meal. Extra items sold are not part of the USDA program and must be paid for with cash. Extra items cannot be charged. For Students with Reduced Price Lunch Status The federal school lunch program allows a qualifying student to receive a reimbursable meal at the reduced price of $0.30 at breakfast and $0.40 at lunch. Students are required to take a reimbursable meal. Extra items sold are not part of the USDA program and must be paid for with cash. Extra items cannot be charged. Students with reduced price lunch status will be allowed to charge reimbursable meals up to $4.00 before the collection process begins. For Students with Paid Lunch Status Prices for school lunch are set by the Attala County School District in accordance with federal and state regulations. Extra items cannot be charged but may be purchased with cash. Students with paid lunch status may chare reimbursable meals up to $10.00 before the collection process begins. The Collection Process Step 1: When the charge amount exceeds the amounts set above, the Food and Nutritional Services Manager or designee will send a letter or text/call to the parent(s)/guardian(s) requesting immediate payment. Contact will be made on a weekly basis at minimum. Free/Reduced Lunch Application Forms will be sent home by student if one is not on file. Step 2: If the parent(s)/guardian(s) has not made any payments in an effort to reduce the negative balance or fails to bring the student’s account in good standing within thirty(30) days, administration will be notified and will have the option to notify appropriate state agencies. Step 3: If a student’s account balance exceeds- $30.00, the administration may prohibit participation by the student in any future fee-based program (field trips, user-fee based programs, etc.) until or unless the de the deficit balance is paid in full. Additional Steps If a student’s account is not in good standing at the end of the school year, the administration may take one or more of the following actions, unless or until prohibited by state law or regulation: -Delay the issuance of report cards, transfer cards, and class assignments until or unless the negative or delinquent balance is paid in full. -Prohibit the student’s participation or other students in the student’s household from participating in any future fee or charge-based program until or unless the negative or delinquent balance is paid in full. -Notify appropriate state agencies. -If a senior’s account is not in good standing as of May 1st, the administration may prohibit the student from participation in senior activities and/or graduation exercises. Negative Balances At the end of the school year, any inactive students with money left in their accounts will be encouraged to donate the money to the school district. This money will be applied to students with negative balances. After these efforts are made, any negative balances will be carried over to the next school year. This will allow parents to be on an extended payment plan while debt is being collected. Collection efforts will continue until student is in good standing. This Agency is an Equal Opportunity Provider
The district’s wellness policy is an important tool for parents and school staff to promote students wellness through nutrition and physical activity, prevent and reduce childhood obesity.
If your child has a disability or life-threatening food allergy, you will need to fill out a Disability/Medical Condition Statement, print off the form below. This form will need to be signed by a physician and returned to the school cafeteria where your student attends. Forms must be submitted and updated by a physician annually.
Breakfast Meal Price: Student Price: Free Adult $2.25 Guest $2.25 Lunch Meal Price: Student Full Price: Free Adult $3.75 Guest $3.75 Students Extra Sales with Tray Purchase Breakfast: Entrée: $1.25 Fruit: $0.75 Milk: $0.50 Bottled Water: $0.75 Lunch: Entrée $1.75 Fruit or Vegetables: $0.75 Milk: $0.50 Bottled Water: $0.75 Ice Cream: $1.00 Elementary Slush: $0.50 JR High/High School Slush: $1.00 Additional Smart Snacks: $0.50
Breakfast Meal Price: Student Price: Free Adult $2.25 Guest $2.25 Lunch Meal Price: Student Full Price: Free Adult $3.75 Guest $3.75 Students Extra Sales with Tray Purchase Breakfast: Entrée: $1.25 Fruit: $0.75 Milk: $0.50 Bottled Water: $0.75 Lunch: Entrée $1.75 Fruit or Vegetables: $0.75 Milk: $0.50 Bottled Water: $0.75 Ice Cream: $1.00 Elementary Slush: $0.50 JR High/High School Slush: $1.00 Additional Smart Snacks: $0.50 Lunch Meal Components: • Milk • Fruit • Vegetable • Grain • Protein Students are required to choose three (3) of the five (5) components with at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable to make a lunch.

Pre-Payment Options

Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your students account 24 hours a day at your convenience. Send Check or Cash: You can always bring money personally or send it with your student. Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your student’s name, their ID #, the amount and check #.Turn in to cafeteria cashier or school office.

 
 
 

Parent Resources

At home you do what you can to make sure your kids eat healthier and stay active. But since they spend so much of their day in school, your influence is needed there, too.

As almost any teacher will tell you, healthy foods and regular physical activity can make a positive difference in the classroom. They may help kids:

  • Concentrate better
  • Perform at their best
  • Have better attendance

Get Involved!

Volunteer for a project or join a parent’s committee!

Lead by Example!

Be their role model for healthy foods and physical activity at home and school.

Make Fundraisers Healthier!

Instead of the usual candy and dessert foods, how about selling fresh fruit or holding a car wash or walkathon? Healthier choices can work just as well and are better for everybody.

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