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School Nutrition Services

The Board of Education supports a school nutrition program for each school that is contracted and provided by a food service management company. Students may elect to participate in the school’s lunch program or bring a sack lunch from home. Half-pint containers of milk are available at a nominal fee.

Elementary students who live within walking distance of the school are permitted to go home for lunch. Junior high students are expected to remain in school during the lunch period, unless written permission requesting their presence at home is provided by the parent/guardian.

The Board of Education or the Illinois State Board of Education may authorize a breakfast program at specific schools. Breakfast is served at all District 59 schools.


National School Lunch and Breakfast Program

Community Consolidated School District 59 participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and is subject to the requirements of this federally assisted program that provides nutritionally balanced meals for all students. School meals must meet one third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for elementary and junior high students. In addition, there can be no more than 30 percent of the calories from fat, of which less than 10 percent are allowed from saturated fat as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

All children participating in the Lunch and Breakfast Programs must select the required components in order for their meal to qualify as complete. For lunch a meat and a non-meat entree is provided along with a fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. For a lunch to qualify as complete, a student must select a fruit or a vegetable plus two additional components.  For breakfast, a student must select at least three items including one fruit.  If a complete meal is not selected students are charged the a la carte price for each item.

At the junior highs there is also an a la carte menu from which to choose. The a la carte items are not considered part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program so must be purchased at an additional cost. All a la carte items offered to students will comply with the Smart Snacks in Schools legislation that became effective July 1, 2014. There are two key components that are the focus for all foods served at schools during the school day. One component is the overall nutritional profile including the calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium in foods. The second is whether the food item has other healthy attributes, such as being a whole grain, a source from one of the major food groups (fruit, vegetable, protein) or whether a food item has additional health-promoting nutrients such as vitamin C. All a la carte offerings comply with the new regulations while allowing students to supplement their meals with a variety of choices.


Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide free and reduced-price meals to students whose parents’ earnings fall within minimum income levels. The household eligibility guidelines, as well as the policies governing this program, are determined annually by the state of Illinois and the federal government.

Prior to the beginning of each school year, parents are notified with the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs guidelines and the necessary application form. It is the parent’s responsibility to complete and submit the application with the appropriate and accurate information. Only one form per family should be submitted. Failure to provide complete information will result in being ineligible for benefits. The application will be processed within 10 days of submission and families will be notified of the results either in writing or, by email.

Families can apply for this program at any time during the school year by contacting the school office. Families must reapply for meal benefits every year.

Annually, the state requires a random verification to ensure that only those families who are eligible are receiving meal benefits. Families who are selected for verification must provide the requested documentation showing that the information on the application is accurate and qualifies for continued meal benefits.


Student Meal Accounts

MealTime is a computerized point of sale program that permits each child to have a personal meal account.  Once an account has been established, a child proceeds through the food service line and the amount of the meal is deducted from the account as their ID card is scanned. Children qualifying for free or reduced meals are also eligible for a personal meal account.


MEAL ACCOUNT DEPOSIT OPTIONS

Parents are required to make advanced periodic deposits to eliminate cash handling and to avoid lunch line delays.  No cash allowed in line.

The most efficient method to make a deposit into your child’s account is to make a credit card deposit using MealTime Online.   The deposit happens in “real time” and funds are available for your child’s immediate purchase.  The other option is to send cash/check in an envelope to school with your child.  When sending cash or check, write LUNCH DEPOSIT on the envelope.  Also include the child’s name, grade and amount of the deposit and make checks payable to School District 59.


MealTime Online

To make a credit card deposit you can access MealTime Online by going to the link on the District website at www.ccsd59.org, Skyward Family Access, or you can go directly to MealTime Online. Once you are on the site you can create your MealTime Online profile. When the profile is set up, you will be able to add your child(ren) to the account by using their first name and student ID number. Then you will be able to make deposits and view the account balance and history. In addition, you can receive low balance email alerts at your request.  There are no fees related to this convenience.

MealTime Online Features:

  • Secure and easy use
  • Visa, Master Card, Discover
  • No transaction fees
  • English and Spanish
  • PC or Mac compatible
  • Minimum deposit of $20.00

Other Meal Account Options

  • A daily amount limit can be placed on a student’s MealTime account at the parent or guardian’s request.
  • Student balances can be transferred to a sibling at another District 59 school at the parent or guardian’s request.
  • Parents may request a refund at any time if the balance exceeds $5.00.
  • Student’s individual accounts can be combined into one household account at the parent or guardian’s request.

To make a request regarding student meal account options, please contact School Nutrition Services at 847-593-4341.


ALTERNATE LUNCH POLICY

An Alternate Lunch is different than the daily advertised meal and is provided to students who have exceeded the established maximum negative balance and do not bring a lunch from home or money to purchase lunch.  Students will be allowed to charge meals however, when the negative balance reaches (-$8.00) for a Paid student and (-$1.50) for a Reduced student, an Alternate Lunch will be provided.

An Alternate Lunch allows the student the option of a cheese or sunbutter sandwich in place of the daily entree.  In addition, they may select the offered side items and milk.  The Alternate Lunch is a federally determined complete meal and will be charged to the student’s account at the appropriate paid or reduced price.


LOW BALANCE STATEMENTS

Low balance statements are emailed to families once a week to keep them informed regarding their student’s meal account balance and to encourage deposits to avoid going into the negative.  Parents can also keep track of their student’s balance by using MealTime Online.


NEGATIVE BALANCE STATEMENTS

Negative Balance Statements are emailed to families daily after lunch if accounts remain in the Negative.  At the end of the school year, any unpaid meal charges will be carried over into the next school year.  All negative balances that exceed $25.00 will be added to Skyward student fees and will be processed for collections.

If you have any questions regarding student meal accounts, please call School Nutrition Services at 847-593-4338 or 847-593-4341.


Lunch-Activity Program Rules

The District 59 Board of Education is committed to providing a supervised and safe lunch-activity program. Good discipline is based on respect for others, a cooperative spirit, and common sense. Children are expected to demonstrate good behavior and practice good citizenship during the lunch activity period. Should unacceptable behavior occur, the lunch supervisor will remind the child that such behavior is not permissible and encourage the child’s cooperation. Repeated minor violations or any major violations will be reported to the principal and/or handled according to the District’s behavior policy.

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School Nutrition Services

The Board of Education supports a school nutrition program for each school that is contracted and provided by a food service management company. Students may elect to participate in the school’s lunch program or bring a sack lunch from home. Half-pint containers of milk are available at a nominal fee.

Elementary students who live within walking distance of the school are permitted to go home for lunch. Junior high students are expected to remain in school during the lunch period, unless written permission requesting their presence at home is provided by the parent/guardian.

The Board of Education or the Illinois State Board of Education may authorize a breakfast program at specific schools. Breakfast is served at all District 59 schools.


National School Lunch and Breakfast Program

Community Consolidated School District 59 participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and is subject to the requirements of this federally assisted program that provides nutritionally balanced meals for all students. School meals must meet one third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for elementary and junior high students. In addition, there can be no more than 30 percent of the calories from fat, of which less than 10 percent are allowed from saturated fat as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

All children participating in the Lunch and Breakfast Programs must select the required components in order for their meal to qualify as complete. For lunch a meat and a non-meat entree is provided along with a fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. For a lunch to qualify as complete, a student must select a fruit or a vegetable plus two additional components.  For breakfast, a student must select at least three items including one fruit.  If a complete meal is not selected students are charged the a la carte price for each item.

At the junior highs there is also an a la carte menu from which to choose. The a la carte items are not considered part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program so must be purchased at an additional cost. All a la carte items offered to students will comply with the Smart Snacks in Schools legislation that became effective July 1, 2014. There are two key components that are the focus for all foods served at schools during the school day. One component is the overall nutritional profile including the calories, fat, saturated fat, and sodium in foods. The second is whether the food item has other healthy attributes, such as being a whole grain, a source from one of the major food groups (fruit, vegetable, protein) or whether a food item has additional health-promoting nutrients such as vitamin C. All a la carte offerings comply with the new regulations while allowing students to supplement their meals with a variety of choices.


Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs provide free and reduced-price meals to students whose parents’ earnings fall within minimum income levels. The household eligibility guidelines, as well as the policies governing this program, are determined annually by the state of Illinois and the federal government.

Prior to the beginning of each school year, parents are notified with the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs guidelines and the necessary application form. It is the parent’s responsibility to complete and submit the application with the appropriate and accurate information. Only one form per family should be submitted. Failure to provide complete information will result in being ineligible for benefits. The application will be processed within 10 days of submission and families will be notified of the results either in writing or, by email.

Families can apply for this program at any time during the school year by contacting the school office. Families must reapply for meal benefits every year.

Annually, the state requires a random verification to ensure that only those families who are eligible are receiving meal benefits. Families who are selected for verification must provide the requested documentation showing that the information on the application is accurate and qualifies for continued meal benefits.


Student Meal Accounts

MealTime is a computerized point of sale program that permits each child to have a personal meal account.  Once an account has been established, a child proceeds through the food service line and the amount of the meal is deducted from the account as their ID card is scanned. Children qualifying for free or reduced meals are also eligible for a personal meal account.


MEAL ACCOUNT DEPOSIT OPTIONS

Parents are required to make advanced periodic deposits to eliminate cash handling and to avoid lunch line delays.  No cash allowed in line.

The most efficient method to make a deposit into your child’s account is to make a credit card deposit using MealTime Online.   The deposit happens in “real time” and funds are available for your child’s immediate purchase.  The other option is to send cash/check in an envelope to school with your child.  When sending cash or check, write LUNCH DEPOSIT on the envelope.  Also include the child’s name, grade and amount of the deposit and make checks payable to School District 59.


MealTime Online

To make a credit card deposit you can access MealTime Online by going to the link on the District website at www.ccsd59.org, Skyward Family Access, or you can go directly to MealTime Online. Once you are on the site you can create your MealTime Online profile. When the profile is set up, you will be able to add your child(ren) to the account by using their first name and student ID number. Then you will be able to make deposits and view the account balance and history. In addition, you can receive low balance email alerts at your request.  There are no fees related to this convenience.

MealTime Online Features:

  • Secure and easy use
  • Visa, Master Card, Discover
  • No transaction fees
  • English and Spanish
  • PC or Mac compatible
  • Minimum deposit of $20.00

Other Meal Account Options

  • A daily amount limit can be placed on a student’s MealTime account at the parent or guardian’s request.
  • Student balances can be transferred to a sibling at another District 59 school at the parent or guardian’s request.
  • Parents may request a refund at any time if the balance exceeds $5.00.
  • Student’s individual accounts can be combined into one household account at the parent or guardian’s request.

To make a request regarding student meal account options, please contact School Nutrition Services at 847-593-4341.


ALTERNATE LUNCH POLICY

An Alternate Lunch is different than the daily advertised meal and is provided to students who have exceeded the established maximum negative balance and do not bring a lunch from home or money to purchase lunch.  Students will be allowed to charge meals however, when the negative balance reaches (-$8.00) for a Paid student and (-$1.50) for a Reduced student, an Alternate Lunch will be provided.

An Alternate Lunch allows the student the option of a cheese or sunbutter sandwich in place of the daily entree.  In addition, they may select the offered side items and milk.  The Alternate Lunch is a federally determined complete meal and will be charged to the student’s account at the appropriate paid or reduced price.


LOW BALANCE STATEMENTS

Low balance statements are emailed to families once a week to keep them informed regarding their student’s meal account balance and to encourage deposits to avoid going into the negative.  Parents can also keep track of their student’s balance by using MealTime Online.


NEGATIVE BALANCE STATEMENTS

Negative Balance Statements are emailed to families daily after lunch if accounts remain in the Negative.  At the end of the school year, any unpaid meal charges will be carried over into the next school year.  All negative balances that exceed $25.00 will be added to Skyward student fees and will be processed for collections.

If you have any questions regarding student meal accounts, please call School Nutrition Services at 847-593-4338 or 847-593-4341.


Lunch-Activity Program Rules

The District 59 Board of Education is committed to providing a supervised and safe lunch-activity program. Good discipline is based on respect for others, a cooperative spirit, and common sense. Children are expected to demonstrate good behavior and practice good citizenship during the lunch activity period. Should unacceptable behavior occur, the lunch supervisor will remind the child that such behavior is not permissible and encourage the child’s cooperation. Repeated minor violations or any major violations will be reported to the principal and/or handled according to the District’s behavior policy.

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