Mary Lou Mynar, Food Service Director
254-752-8513 ext 7080
Starting April 29 there will be no charging allowed in the cafeterias for this school year. All lunch debts must be paid by May 17. If a student has no money, they will be given an alternate meal. Thank you.
If you are trying to start an account for your child and the system will not take the Texis Student ID number, try putting in their lunchroom number. On some students it is taking one or the other.
The Texas Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Division has issued a Texas Public School Nutrition Policy. And in this policy it states that parents may bring food for their child’s lunch or snack, but they may not provide food to other children at the school. This is during their breakfast and lunch times. The school district will lose it’s federal reimbursement if this is found to be happening. Please be sure that if you bring food during lunch period, it is for your child only. Thank you.
From the Texas Department of Agriculture:
The Texas Public School Nutrition Policy (TPSNP) explicitly states that it does not restrict what foods or beverages parents may provide for their own children’s consumption. The policy also explicitly states that school officials may adopt a local policy that is more restrictive than the state’s.
The Texas Department of Agriculture recognizes that school officials are responsible for the health and safety of all students, as well as for the operation of their facilities. We support them in adopting local policies tailored to fit their specific circumstances, as long as those policies are, at a minimum, consistent with state and federal policies and regulations.
Schools have overwhelmingly complied with state nutrition policies. Federal regulations require schools to adopt nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages made available to students on their campuses. Many schools have used this approach to enact more restrictive policies. The regulations list three reasons for this: establishing healthy school nutrition environments; reducing childhood obesity; and preventing diet-related chronic diseases.
The obesity epidemic that has brought so much public attention to the foods that are available to students has prompted an unprecedented response form local, state and national leaders. You can be confident that your children are the beneficiaries of the most responsive nutrition policies in the world.
Listed below are some of the clarifications concerning the nutrition program:
1. Classroom Birthday Parties
TDA recognizes that celebrating student birthdays with a classroom party is a time-honored tradition that provides the opportunity for parental involvement in the education of their children, which is beneficial for students, parents and teachers. Foods otherwise restricted by the policy are permitted in classroom student birthday parties. It is recommended such parties be scheduled after the end of the lunch period for the class so that these celebrations will not replace a nutritious lunch. Federal regulations do not permit foods of minimal nutritional value to be served in the food service area during meal periods.
2. Competitive Foods for Elementary Schools
The competitive foods policy section for elementary schools states that it does ”not pertain to food items made available by the school food service department.” This does not mean, however, that dessert-type items (cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, etc.) are allowable outside meal hours simply if provided by the food service department. The intent of the policy is to encourage the consumption of nutritious food by students and to limit access to high-fat, high-sugar items during the school day. Therefore, the only food that may be made available to elementary school students on campus during the school day, at times other than meal periods, is a nutritious classroom snack allowed by the policy. This does not apply to student birthday parties or any other exemption as established by the policy.
3. Pizza Parties, etc.
The intent of the policy is to encourage the consumption of nutritious, well-balanced meals and to limit the availability of high-fat items during the school day. There has been confusion about pizza or other foods being served at school parties. With the exception of school birthday parties, schools may not allow alternative meals (pizza, BBQ, sandwiches, etc.) to be provided to students in competition with meals made available by the school food service department under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Administrators should work in conjunction with their school food service department when planning special events or meals.
4. Grain/Bread Exemption During Breakfast
Items included in reimbursable meals must meet all the TPSNP guidelines, except the restrictions of the TPSNP portion and nutrient guidelines chart.
The sale of individual items included as part of a reimbursable meal may only occur when the item meets all guidelines of the TPSNP with the following exception.
Cookies, cereal bars and bakery items served during breakfast as part of the reimbursable meal, that do not meet the restrictions of the TPSNP portion and nutrient guidelines chart, may be sold individually or ala carte during the same breakfast meal service only if they equal 2 grain/bread servings for the reimbursable meal.
Student Breakfast: $1.50 – Student Lunch: $2.50
Adult Breakfast: $2.00 – Adult Lunch: $3.00
Breakfast includes: 1 main item, toast, cereal, juice or fruit and milk. A student may pick all five items for one price, or at least 3 items for the price of a breakfast.
If you are free or reduced, you must choose at least 3 items to be considered a breakfast.
Lunch at the secondary campus includes: choice of 2 main items, choice of 2 vegetables, fruit and milk.
Lunch at the elementary campus includes: 1 main item, choice of 2 vegetables, fruit and milk.
A student has to pick 1 item from each group for a lunch price. If you are free or reduced, you must choose 1 item from each group to be considered a lunch.