Seguin ISD to review lunchroom policies; District, community want to make sure no "lunch shaming" taking place
Posted on 1/4/2018 7:25:00 AM.

(Seguin) -- The Seguin ISD Board of Trustees wants to make sure that the district isn't "lunch shaming" students who can't afford their meals each day. A special workshop meeting has been called for Thursday night to discuss the district's child nutrition program procedures.

The meeting was scheduled after several questions were raised about the district's current policies. Two members of the community, Luis Moreno and Bob Stephens, recently shared some of their concerns with how they believe the district handles students who run out of money in their lunch accounts, or who otherwise can't afford to pay for their meals. Both Moreno and Stephens said, in some cases, students had their trays taken from them and replaced with a sandwich, with the tray then being thrown away. That's generally the definition of lunch shaming.

The district says its cafeteria staff works hard, and it' s often cafeteria workers who end up covering some of those costs. The district's current policy calls for a two-meal grace period for students who have a zero dollar balance on their meal account. It also calls for parents to be notified.

Tonight's meeting is expected to give the school board a chance to discuss all of those issues, and look to see if any changes in policy are needed.  The board is also expected to review its board operating procedures regarding continuing education. 

The workshop session begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Seguin ISD Board Room, located inside of Oak Park Mall. 

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