Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to inform you that Caro Community Schools will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2021-2022.
The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.
If your student is virtual learning or being quarantined they are still eligible for a free breakfast and lunch. All you have to do is go online and order the meals daily and pick them up at the selected time. Our Online Meal Order form can be accessed by clicking the tab on the right side of this page.
We still need your household to fill out and sign the Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.
These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:
- Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
- Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
- Professional Learning for staff
- Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
We are asking that you please complete and submit it as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached report, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.
If I can be of any further assistance, please contact me by Email or Phone Abreitbach@carok12.org or (989)673-3165 Extension 1109.
Fill out and sign the Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals and return to:
Alice Breitbach / Head Cashier
Caro Community Schools
301 Hooper Street
Caro MI 48723
Food Allergy Action Plan
Due to new State of Michigan regulations, if your student cannot have milk or any milk products due to an allergy or sensitivity, the school requires a signed doctor’s note stating that the student cannot have any milk or milk products at school. If you want juice to be the replacement for milk, the doctor’s note must include a request which states “100% juice” for the replacement. If the school does not have a signed doctor’s note, the student will be offered water as a replacement.
If a doctor has determined that your child has a disability and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitutions prescribed by a doctor at no extra charge. The doctor’s statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitutions, must be submitted to the Food Service Department at your school.
In the case of a staff member or student who has an allergy note from their doctor for the current year an alternative item will be given.
A Food Allergy Action Plan form can be obtained from the Health Coordinator at Schall School. For more information please contact Janet Weijola, Food Service Director, at 989-673-3165, ext 1901.
Meal Charging Policy
At Caro Community School District we have a meal charging policy that applies to all of our students and staff members. The District realizes that there are times when staff members and students may forget their lunch money. To ensure that staff members and students do not go hungry, but also to promote responsible staff, student, and parent behavior and minimize the fiscal burden to the District, the Board of Education will allow staff members and students who may have forgotten their lunch money to “charge” the cost of 2 meals to be paid back at a later date subject to the terms of this policy.
Food Service is a special revenue fund which means it does not receive general fund support from the district, and thus must generate funds through meal sales, snack sales, and federal and state reimbursement in order to pay operating expense and fees to the district. Therefore, unpaid charges affect the ability of food service to support itself and its employees.
Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) have provided schools with administrative guidelines and policy for meal charges. Following the administrative guidelines from MDE and NSLP, Caro Community Schools will adhere to the following meal charging policy:
1. A staff member or student may charge up to 2 lunches maximum ($5.60 charge per student)
2. After 2 meals have been reached past negative, an alternate meal will be offered to the staff member and a student until the lunch account is brought to a positive balance.
A. If a staff member or a student comes in with enough money to cover the lunch for that day they may eat lunch.
B. Food Service will offer a meal replacement at cost that is eligible for reimbursement. For example a sandwich, fruit and a milk will be available for any staff member or student who has 2 negative lunches.
3. If a staff member or student has a negative balance, the school must provide a meal when the student is using money to pay for the current day’s lunch.
4. It is permissible for schools to serve only 1 particular set of food items to staff members and students whose parents owe the school money, as long as the food items comprise a reimbursable meal.
5. A staff member or student who has charged 2 meals may not charge or purchase snack items, including extra main entrées or make purchases in the snack line.
6. If a student repeatedly comes to school with no lunch and no lunch money, food service employee must report this to the building administrator. It could be a sign of abuse or neglect and the proper authorities will be contacted.
7. The Food Service Head Cashier will coordinate communications with parents/guardian to resolve the matter of unpaid charges.
8. If cafeteria services staff suspects that a student may be abusing this policy, written notice will be provided to the parent/guardian then a phone call will be made to parents to resolve payment plan.
9. All senior’s accounts must be settled before graduation.
10. IMPORTANT: If any student leaving Caro Community Schools has money left in their lunch account that money will be put into a Pay It Forward Account UNLESS a parent or guardian calls and requests the money be refunded back to them.