Meal Account Information
All schools offer a la carte items which can be purchased from student meal accounts or with cash. Students in grades PK-2 have access to only beverages; they will not have access to snacks. Students in grades 3-4 will be able to purchase snacks and beverages if they have appropriate funds in their meal account. No extra snacks or beverages will be allowed if purchases push the meal account negative. Parents must send in a signed "Opt-Out" Form if they do not want their student to purchase any beverages or snacks outside of a regular meal. Once this form is on file, students will be able to use their meal account for reimbursable meals only. Families have the option of opting out for a la carte purchases at any time during the year. The Opt Out form can be found online at our website or by calling (952) 491-8088.
All Schools Negative Meal Account Policy:
- If a student’s account falls below -0-, a regular lunch will be allowed. A la carte and snack items will be denied.
- While we do not have a meal charging policy, we recognize that parents may forget to check their student’s meal account balance and account may go negative. We will make frequent calls and e-mails to families that have negative balances. Families will be responsible for making payments to bring the account positive.
Monitor your student’s meal account
We make every effort to accurately charge your student's meal account according to what was purchased on a daily basis. However, occasionally our cashiers may make an error. Please monitor your student's account on a regular basis and if you find an error, please contact the Food and Nutrition Services office by the 12th of each month to discuss errors from the previous month. As an example, if you find an error on October 15th, please call the food and nutrition services office by November 12th to dispute the charges. After the 12th of each month, families will be responsible for all charges from the previous month.
Free or reduced price meals
Your children may qualify for free reduced-priced meals. This also helps our school qualify for additional education funds, grants, and discounts. Therefore, it’s important and encouraged that Westonka Public School families apply for Educational Benefits. Complete an Application for Education Benefits online at Skyward Family Access, or print a copy of the application and submit to the food service office.
Schoolmessenger Automated Phone Calls
Households will receive automated phone calls when account balances fall negative periodically throughout the school week. Please make every attempt to keep your student’s meal account current. In addition, building cashier may make courtesy phone calls as well. Note: Schoolmessenger does not apply to Our Lady of the Lake households.
For more information, please contact Food and Nutrition Services (952) 491-8088.
Year-End Remaining Balances
Balances remaining in a student’s account at the end of the school year will carry over to the next school year. If the student moves to a new building, the balance will transfer. We encourage parents to check balances before school starts to ensure that there is enough money in the account.
Fund balances of graduating seniors will be automatically transferred to a sibling meal account within the district. If no sibling is enrolled in the district, please contact Food & Nutrition Services to request a refund.
Complete a Meal Account Refund Request Form and forward to Food & Nutrition Services at 5905 Sunnyfield Road East, Minnetrista, MN 55364, or fax (952) 491-8083 or scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.