Food Service Coordinator
Food Program Policy
Lake of the Woods Schools serves breakfast and lunch each school day. All breakfasts and lunches are to be “pre-paid”. Money for breakfast and/or lunch purchases may be sent with your child/children to school or mailed to the school. Your child/children may pay each day, weekly or monthly, whichever works out best for you. A computerized system is used for keeping track of each student’s meal account (our food account program handles individual accounts not family accounts).
Lake of the Woods School has the capability for parents/guardians/students to look up their meal account balances on our school website Click on Homework, “account lookup” enter pin number, your account information is now available. Parents/guardians should regularly check their student’s meal account. Please call me if you need your student’s pin number. You can view all activity including payments. Payment may be made in the form of a check or cash or “Payschools”.
Checks are to be made payable to Lake of the Woods School. Students account balance at the end of each school year will follow them into the next school year. When the student graduates the balance is refunded to the parent/guardian.
Lake of the Woods School has a policy for free and reduced price meals for families that are eligible. K-12 students that qualify for reduced meals are served breakfast and lunch at “no charge”. ALL kindergarten students will receive free breakfasts. A free and reduced application is sent to every family that has a child at the Lake of the Woods school in August.
Applications may also be picked up in the District Office, High School Office and Elementary Office and are available on our schools website.
Delinquent School Lunch Accounts
The District is moving forward with specific collection actions when school lunch accounts go delinquent.
Step 1: A letter is provided to the parents/guardians of the student whose account is in arrears. The letter provides information regarding the delinquent amount; where deposits can be made (on-line at PaySchool or in person); an application form for the Free or Reduced Lunch Program; and other information regarding accessing the student’s lunch account. The letter encourages parents/guardians to bring the account current in the next 15-20 days or make arrangements to do so within the 15-20 day window. These initial letters will be provided monthly for delinquent account holders.
Step 2: If there is no response to the initial letter regarding the delinquent account as noted above, a second letter is provided to parents/guardians of the student whose account continues to be in arrears. This letter provides the same information regarding the account as the initial letter. However, it also includes specific language regarding specific collection action that me be taken should they fail to respond by bringing the account current. The action proposed may include filing of a claim in Conciliation Court. Parents/guardians will be informed that any costs incurred for the collection through the Conciliation Court process will be added to the account balance that is forwarded for collection. The parents/guardians will be advised that they have 30 days from the date of the letter to bring the account current or additional collection action will be taken.
Step 3: If there is no response to the second letter regarding the delinquent account as noted above in Step 2, a third letter will be provided to the parents/guardians of the student whose account continues to be in arrears. This letter will be sent registered, return receipt required. The letter will clearly identify the delinquent account balance and the collection costs to be added to the account balance. It will clearly state that unless the account balance is brought current within 10 days of the date of the letter, the matter will be referred to Conciliation Court for action. It will include the advice that once filed with the Court, the District cannot accept payment that does not include all costs including the delinquent account balance and all court related costs.
If your child has any food allergies, please contact, Brenda Wahl in Food Service or our school nurse. Upon written request from a parent, Lake of the Woods School must provide lactose reduced milk or milk fortified with lactase or milk with lactobacillus acidophilus. In keeping with the intent of Lake of the Woods School Wellness Policy, elementary students will not be able to purchase items from the Bear’s Den. The Lake of the Woods School’s lunch program must offer 5 components to students in order to receive reimbursements from the state and federal government. Students can choose to take 3, 4, or 5 of the components that are offered. Menus will be sent home with your elementary child each month and, are available in the District Office, Elementary Office, High School Office and on our website, www.lakeofthewoodsschool.org Menus are sent to both the Baudette Region and Northern Light and to the local radio stations, KQ92 and KJ102.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call Cece in the District Office at 634-2735 ext. 1501.
Cece Charlton, Food Service
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Message from Brenda Wahl, Food Service Coordinator
The food service staff at Lake of the Woods School strives to make each meal purchased by students a pleasant eating experience.
Valuable nutrients are provided at both breakfast and lunch, with a variety of options for the students to choose from.
We like to use creative ideas to keep the serving lines fun and interesting. Themes are used for national lunch and breakfast weeks that may also include costumes worn by the staff. In addition we like to move the traditional serving line out into the commons and have a “picnic” atmosphere a couple times yearly. Throughout the year we recognize all our sports teams, band and choir, drama, knowledge bowl and art with posters and appropriate decorations.
We invite parents, grandparents and community members to participate in our breakfast and lunch program at any time.
We welcome any questions or concerns from parents and the community and thank you for the opportunity to continue making a commitment to providing quality school meals for our children.