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Charging Meals

Parents and guardians are expected to pay for their students’ breakfast, lunch and a la carte items in advance.  We encourage parents to complete free and reduced applications at any time during the school term. 


Parents will be notified by school personnel when their student’s account has a low and/or negative balance by phone calls, emails, texts, letters and/or notes sent home with their student.  School Messenger may also be utilized to assist in collection efforts.  Student charges will be handled according to the following:


  • Each student will be allowed to charge up to 10 meals (including Reduced Status), with  the exception of the last two weeks of school where NO charges are permitted.
  • Students will be served a sandwich and milk for lunch and cereal and milk for breakfast at no charge until the charged meals are paid in full.  The sack lunch will be delivered to the classroom prior to lunchtime.
  • Students will be served the school lunch/breakfast if lunch/breakfast money for the day is brought to school with the intent to purchase that day’s meal regardless of their negative account balance.
  • A la Carte items will be allowed to be charged up to $20.00.  No further charging will be allowed and until account is paid in full.
  • All charges not paid after 60 days after student has checked out of school will be considered delinquent.  Three attempts will be made to collect the delinquent amount and if not collected the amount plus 25% administrative fee will be turned over to the State of Kansas Accounts Receivable Setoff program for collection.
  • The delinquent amount will be considered a bad debt after three years in the State of Kansas Accounts Receivable Setoff program.  At that time, General Fund dollars will be transferred to the Food Fund to replace the bad debt charge.


This charging policy has been approved by the Board of Education and will be displayed in the school offices, school website, and included in the student handbook.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Crest USD 479603 E. Broad St.Colony, KS  66015

620-852-3521Fax ES: 620-852-3539     Fax HS/MS: 620-852-3357

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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