Cassia School District Reacts To UT Lunchroom Controversy


By Brittany Cooper

Salt Lake City, Utah ( AP / KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A Utah School District is changing its policies following a lunchroom fiasco.

32 students at Uintah Elementary had their lunches seized and thrown out because of overdue accounts.

Now the Salt Lake City School District says students will always be given a full meal, regardless if they owe money. This, according to the Associated Press.

Schools will flag accounts if they are ten dollars or more overdue and principals will help to notify parents.

We reached out to the School Food Services Supervisor for the Cassia County School District.

Mary Ann Roskelley says they will never take a lunch tray away from an elementary student, but it's happened before at the high school level when they were in line, despite reminders from the school.

Instead of a full lunch with the salad bar option, the student is given an alternative lunch.

"Which is a sandwich, a fruit and a milk and they get two of those. All that time we are trying to collect those charges from parents, notifications," explains Roskelley.

Roskelley visited with the superintendent and business manager about cassia's policy and is under review by the board.

She adds, parents can apply for free and reduced lunch at anytime and online payments are highly encouraged.

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