NATS - cafeteria
SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS A SANDWICH.
CAN MAKE YOU STAND OUT.
LAURA COTTING, Waterloo Parent: 4518 I think all
told, it was five or six times that my sons ended
up with no lunch.
LAURA COTTING'S TWO BOYS REACHED THE FRONT OF THE
LINE IN WATERLOO.
TO FIND OUT THERE WASN'T ENOUGH IN THE FAMILY'S ACCOUNT
TO COVER THEIR LUNCH.
SO THEIR FOOD WAS THROWN OUT.
AND REPLACED BY PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY.
LAURA COTTING, Waterloo Parent:
4549 They felt humilitated.
They felt shamed.
For them it was a nasty surprise during the school
day because they had no idea where the lunch account
ANGIE STINNETT, Waterloo PTO Secretary: 3523 It's
embarassing, and then they're afraid to get back in
the line, afraid that it's going to happen again.
A PARENT AND P-T-O SECRETARY.
WANTS TO DO AWAY WITH THE ALTERNATIVE LUNCH.
AND AN ONLINE PETITION SHOWS HUNDREDS BACKING HER
ANGIE STINNETT, Waterloo PTO Secretary: 3822 I don't
care if it works.
We can find another way that works that doesn't embarass
WATERLOO'S DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR CONNIE SCHIESTEL
SAYS IF SHE LET LUNCHROOM DEBTS MOUNT.
AND PARENTS DIDN'T PAY THEM BACK.
THAT MONEY WOULD COME OUT OF THE CLASSROOM BUDGET.
UNDER CURRENT CAFETERIA POLICIES.
KIDS WITHOUT ENOUGH IN THEIR ACCOUNT ARE SERVED A
SANDWICH AND MILK FOR UP TO THREE DAYS BEFORE THEY
ARE DENIED A SCHOOL LUNCH.
PARENTS ARE ALSO SENT WRITTEN NOTICES.
WARNING THEM OF A BALANCE LESS THAN TEN DOLLARS.
CONNIE SCHIESTEL, Waterloo School District Administrator:
2731 A policy wasn't put in place with the idea that
this is a policy that is intended to embarass people.
LAURA COTTING, Waterloo Parent: 5154 It's no joke
to them, it really isn't.
COTTING SAYS SHE NEVER GOT AN E-MAIL TELLING HER TO
PUT MORE MONEY INTO HER ACCOUNT.
AND SHE SEES NO REASON FOR WHAT SHE CALLS THE LUNCH
LAURA COTTING, Waterloo Parent: 4940 There is no
excuse for a school to make a child suffer in an attempt
to try to control the parents.
46 Find another way.
REPORTING IN WATERLOO, DANNIKA LEWIS, WISC NEWS 3.
-- MICHELLE --
THE WATERLOO SCHOOL BOARD WILL CONSIDER TAKING AWAY
THAT SANDWICH AND MILK LUNCH OPTION AT ITS MEETING
IF MEMBERS APPROVE A NEW POLICY ON THOSE MEALS...
IT WILL GO THROUGH A TRIAL PERIOD FOR THE LAST COUPLE
MONTHS OF THE YEAR.
THE BOARD WILL MAKE A FINAL CALL ON THE RULES.
AFTER LOOKING AT THE AMOUNT OWED WITH THE CHANGES.
TAKE GEN FULL
SO HOW DO OTHER DISTRICTS HANDLE THIS ISSUE?
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS CAN CHARGE UP TO TWO MEALS
ONTO AN EMPTY ACCOUNT.
THEY RECEIVE THE SAME SANDWICH AND MILK WATERLOO STUDENTS
TAKE GEN FULL
AN AUTOMATED CALLING SYSTEM ALERTS PARENTS THAT THEIR
KIDS' BALANCE IS LOW.
WHEN THE ACCOUNT IS AT ZERO.
STUDENTS CANNOT GET AL A CARTE ITEMS...
BUT THE FAMILY GETS AT LEAST THREE WEEKS OF NOTIFICATIONS
BEFORE SOMEONE IS DENIED A MEAL.