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   Meal Service at Ross Local Schools

The Ross Local Schools' food service department proudly provides meal service to 2,800+ students and employees in our district. Our food department supports the USDA dietary guidelines, "My Plate". This mandates incorporating more whole grains, reducing fats, sugar and sodium content. A complete lunch consists of five components- grains, protein, fruits, vegetables, and milk. Under the National School Lunch guidelines, students must choose three of the five food components and one must be a fruit or vegetable. Please encourage your child to take full advantage of all the offerings that make up a lunch.

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Our Mission: Good Nutrition  
    
To provide our students and staff with healthy, nutritious meals. We accomplish our goal by providing quality, healthy, delicious and nutritious foods. We encourage customers to try new foods, and use the cafeterias as a learning tool for a lifetime of healthy eating.

Charge Procedure

Alternative Meal Procedure - When Students Cannot Pay for Meals
 
Beginning in school year (SY) 2017-2018, and each year thereafter, the meal charge policy must be communicated in writing to all households at the start of each school year and to households transferring to the school during the school year. The Food Services Department meal charge procedure goals:
  • To treat all students with dignity in the serving line regarding meal accounts;
  • To support positive situations with district staff, district business policies, students and parents to the maximum extent possible;
  • To establish policies that are age appropriate;
  • To encourage parents to assume responsibility for meal payments and to promote student self-responsibility;
  • To establish a consistent department procedure regarding meal charges and the collection of charges.
ROSS STUDENTS, GRADES 1-12 WILL BE PERMITTED TO CHARGE 3 LUNCHES.
 
1st Charge-students will be told to remind parents to send in money
 
2nd Charge-parent will be notified
 
3rd Charge-parents will be mailed a reminder and a free and reduced price meal application
 
If more than 3 charges occur:  students will be provided with peanut butter or cheese (Morgan will provide cheese only) on bread, crackers or soft tortilla shell and milk for three days and if charges are not paid in those three days it will be the parents responsibility to pack their student's lunch, or contact the cafeteria manager to make payment arrangements.    
 
As  a reminder you may prepay for a student’s lunch by sending in cash, check or calling the school to pay for lunch by credit card. Sorry we do not accept debit cards. Also, we have an online payment system, PayForIt.net  on which an account can be set up where you can add funds, check your child’s activity or check account balances. There is a small convenience fee for this option.

How to Pay for Meals
    
Ross Local Schools cafeterias use a computer-based cash register system that provides quick and secure access to student information, such as free meal eligibility and allergies. Regardless of payment method, when students purchase items, they will enter their student ID number. When the ID is entered, the student's name, picture, and other detailed information appear on the screen of the cash register. Each child has his or her own ID number. You can remain confident that every student has a unique ID number and all ID numbers remain secure. 

Meal Payment Options
    1. Parent can place money onto student's account using a web-based prepayment lunch fee system called Pay For It (PayForIt.net). Payments can be made through a check or credit card.
    2. Students can bring in cash or check with them to the lunch room daily/weekly/monthly and it will the added to their lunch account. 
    **We encourage parents to pay online so funds can be pre-loaded to the students account well before their arrival at lunch time.**
Pay For It offers the following features
- Payments on Pay For It can be made by check or by using a credit card
- Allows the ability to set up automatic recurring payments along with being notified via email when account balance runs low on the student's lunch account
- Report features that provide history on all purchases and balances
- A credit card transaction fee of 3.9% will be charged for processing the funds, if funds are loaded online
- If payment is made by check, a fee of $1.75 will be applied per transaction
- Through registering for Pay For It and creating an account you can gain access to a variety of reports (account balances, history of food purchases, etc.). You will not be charged a fee for accessing reports on the Pay For It system. 

Food Allergies

We understand each of our students have individual needs when consuming food and drinks outside of their home, especially those with food allergies. Our cafeterias provide current ingredient information available from our food suppliers for the most common allergens identified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (eggs, dairy, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish). Information is provided for students with food allergies so they can make informed and safe food selections. However, we also emphasize that despite taking precautions, normal kitchen operations may involve some shared cooking and preparation areas, equipments and utensils. Keep in mind possibility exists for food items to come in contact with other food products, including other allergens. 

We encourage you to alert the schools if your child has an allergy. If your child has a food allergy proper documentation must be provided, such as a note from a physician stating the allergen and any substitutions they feel are necessary. 

Tips for Healthy Living

HAVE FUN- Figure out which activities you like best. If basketball and soccer aren't for you... try karate, kickball, dancing, or even a game of hide & seek! Ask your parents and friends to join you in your favorite activities.
MOVE- Try to have no more than 2 hours each day of "screen time". This includes TV, computer games, video games, and handhelds.
VARIETY- You may have one favorite food, but the best choice is to eat a variety! When you eat different foods, you're more likely to get the nutrients your body needs. Try some new foods, and retry some old ones you didn't seem to like before. When you get older, your taste buds can change. The foods you didn't enjoy before can become your favorite food later in life. Shoot for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
DRINK WATER AND MILK- Did you know cold water is the #1 thirst quencher? Your cafeteria offers milk choices for an important reason. Growing children need calcium to produce strong bones. Milk is an excellent source of calcium. Try to limit sugary drinks, like sodas and fruit punches. 
MOM & DAD CAN HELP TOO- They can stock the kitchen with healthy foods and plan fun activities to get the whole family moving. Share your ideas with them and soon your whole family could be fit and be having more fun together.

Enjoy Healthy Living!