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School lunch policy change could allow students with negative balances to eat regular meal

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WATERLOO (WKOW) --- The Waterloo School Board will be considering revising their school lunch policy on Monday, March 10.

The full board will consider a recommendation to modify the policy when students do not have money in their lunch accounts.

According to the Waterloo Courier, the policy was brought up last month by PTO Secretary Angie Stinnett.  She brought to their attention a sandwich and milk was being served for up to three days to students with negative accounts.

After the news of a school in Utah investigating their program when parents complained their children had their lunches thrown away, Stinnett asked students at Waterloo about their experiences.

Stinnett found elementary students have their accounts checked at the start of the line, so food was never thrown away.

However, in the middle and high schools, accounts are checked at the end of the line and if a student's account is in the red, the meal is taken away and replaced with a sandwich and milk.

The Waterloo courier reports at the school board meeting, Stinnett argued about throwing the food away and just letting the child have it.

A petition is now underway to have the district's food service policy changed to allow three days of incuring a negative balance.

If the measure is approved on Monday, it will continue to a second reading and approval on April 14.  It then would go into place starting April 21.

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