HOT SPRINGS SCHOOLS 23-2
FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT
Free & Reduced Breakfast and Lunch
Free and reduced lunches and breakfasts are an important part of our students’ overall positive experience. Study after study shows that it is imperative for students to received healthy, nutritious meals to ensure they learn at their maximum levels. All information regarding the Free & Reduced Lunch process is CONFIDENTIAL.
The Hot Springs School District offers healthy meals to all enrolled children at no additional cost. USDA provides reimbursements for healthy meals and snacks served to children enrolled in the school/center. Please help us comply with the requirements of the Program by completing the attached Application for Free/Reduced-price Meals. By filling out this form, we will be able to determine if we can claim meals served to your child (ren) at the free or reduced-price rate. The packet available here includes an application for free or reduced-price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. It also provides additional information as to who is eligible.
It is also important to the Hot Springs School District that all eligible families complete the F&R application as we receive additional Federal funds depending on our Free & Reduced Lunch percentage. These Federal funds come in the form of grant that allow us to provide additional support services throughout the district.
Please take the time to learn more about the application. If you need additional assistance in completing it, please contact Kelli Rhoe at 745-7847.
The Hot Springs School District’s policy regarding lunch accounts effective for the 2023-2024 school year is as follows:
The Beginning of the Year:
For students who were on the Free or Reduced Program last year, for a period of 30 school days, we will assume they qualify for a Free or Reduced price until they return an updated Application for Free or Reduced Meals. After the 30 school days, if an updated application has not been turned into the office, the student will pay Full Price. Households need to reapply yearly for the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Applications are accepted throughout the school year.
Assistance is available, please contact Kelli Rhoe at email@example.com or 605-745-7847
A Point of Sale (POS) software system is used for the school lunch program. Please note the following important information:
The policy will be enforced with High School and Middle School Students as follows:
The policy will be enforced with Elementary School Students as follows:
High School, Middle School and Elementary School Alternative Meal:
Paid and Reduced Price Students with a balance that is negative $25.00 cannot eat the regular meal until money is put into their lunch account. They will be offered an alternative meal of a cheese sandwich, fruit & veggie bar and milk. They can receive the alternative meal a maximum of three (3) times during the school year. When a student has used all alternative meals, he/she will have the opportunity to call home during the lunch period; however, the student will not be provided food by the school district. Students eligible for free meals will be allowed to receive the regular meal, but must have money in their account to purchase extra entrees or extra milk.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.