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School accused of discarding trainees’ lunches

(WQOW/CNN)– Some students at a high school in Wisconsin claim employee have tossed their meals in the garbage when they did not have adequate cash in their accounts.

Superintendent Jim Jones stated the Stanley-Boyd school district has actually been punishing lunch accounts that strike zero. He stated they have actually been providing those trainees an “alternative lunch.”

“No staff member at the district has actually physically taken a lunch and thrown it in the trash, no,” said Jones.

Trainees and moms and dads informed WQOW-TV that is not the case.

“I think I would have to call him a phony since he states directly he’s never ever done that, and his staff doesn’t do it– that’s not true since we, as trainees, have seen it take place,” stated a student who asked to stay anonymous, fearing he would be reprimanded.

The student added that he witnessed first-hand a primary toss away another student’s lunch.

“This special-needs student sat down and was consuming lunch. He got his tray and stated, ‘you do not have money in your account,’ and discarded his tray in the trash. He did not use him an alternate food option,” the confidential trainee said.

The news station acquired an email exchange between the superintendent and a moms and dad who declared her child was not permitted to eat since of an unfavorable balance. Jones reacted:

First, I value your calling me. I do share your concern in regard to our students and we most definitely do not want to toss food away. To that end, I have a couple points to make.

1. Our system sends you an email almost every day. I recognize the policy utilizes the word mail but we use e-mail when available to do that. If a family does not have email on file, we mail home a notification whenever an account goes negative.

2. We talk with our students constantly about bringing in money. They are informed several times. Moms and dads are called constantly. Not allowing a trainee to consume or offering an optional meal is constantly a last alternative and never ever something we would do without lots of cautions.

3. In regard to Kerry Foods, we had a person here who knew we had to start doing something various to get a deal with on this. We did not do this because of the Kerry contribution however rather the opposite.

If there is a much better option, we most certainly would try it as long as that option does not result in thousands of dollars of overdue lunch bills. This is a board policy that has actually been policy for quite a while. We have had a handle on it for a long time however for numerous reasons, our total balances had actually recently increased beyond $1,000 so I needed to address it. When I started here in 2003, we had 10s of thousands of dollars of unpaid lunch costs due to permitting students to consume without collecting cash. In order to have that not occur, we have to keep dealing with it.

Moms and dads stated that they do not believe it is reasonable to force some students to consume alternative lunches, while personnel consume in the lunchroom for free.

They prepare to face the board at its next conference on May 28.

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