FAQs

  • Child Nutrition FAQs

    Who administers and regulates the school nutrition services in the Aubrey  School District? 

    The Aubrey ISD (AISD) Child Nutrition Department (CN) and Aramark administer the school nutrition services at Aubrey ISD. AISD participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, both of which are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

    Is Aubrey ISD providing Free Meals this year to all students? 

    No. In the 2022-2023 school year, schools are required to return to charging school meals on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) based on program eligibility. 

    During the pandemic, schools were able to offer no-cost meals to all students due to temporary program flexibilities provided by the federal government. These flexibilities have expired and the U.S. Congress did not provide funding in this year's budget to allow schools to serve free meals to all students in the 2022-2023 school year. 

    However, students may still qualify for free or reduced meals based on income or categorical eligibility. Applications are available online if you wish to apply. 

    Note: When applying for Free/Reduced meals, approval is not automatic. Until you receive official notice of your qualification, your child will be under “PAID” status in our system and not “Free” or “Reduced." Any charges accrued during them being under a PAID status must be paid. 

    Why does my child have a lunch account, and how can I make deposits into my child's account?

    The student lunch account provides a method for streamlining meal service for students. It allows parents to prepay for meals with credit cards, thus decreasing the need for children to remember lunch money during the school week. The lunch account allows the Child Nutrition Department to monitor and provide information about student purchases as requested.

    Money can be placed in lunch accounts by check, cash, or credit card via www.MySchoolBucks.com. If paying by cash, please include an envelope with the same information for children in grades PK-1st to make sure that money is credited to the correct lunch account. 

    www.MySchoolBucks.com is a secure, online site for payments made on students' accounts with Visa or MasterCard and payments can be made any time of the day. This fast and friendly service also allows you to view your student's meal transactions, set up recurring payments, set low balance alerts, and so much more! There is a convenience fee of $1.95 for each transaction, regardless of the number of students receiving payment. Simply sign up!

    What is the District's policy on charging meals?

    As established by the Board, a student with an exhausted or insufficient balance on his or her meal card or account shall be allowed to continue to purchase up to two meals. 

    This means a child who has exhausted their funds is allowed to charge up to two (2) breakfasts and two (2) lunches to their account. This will result in the accrual of a negative balance. Once that limit is reached, and if the balance is still not paid off, a child will then be offered an alternative reimbursable meal until the balance is cleared. 

    Notices of negative balances will be sent out weekly by cafeteria managers. MySchoolBucks will also send out alerts to parents. 

    Parents are always welcome to fill out a free and reduced price meal application to see if they qualify.

    Note: Charging of a la carte items is not allowed with a zero (0) or negative balance. 

    https://pol.tasb.org/PolicyOnline/PolicyDetails?key=388&code=CO 

    What is an alternative meal?

    We believe that proper nutrition has an important link to the academic success of our students. At Aubrey ISD we will not let a student go hungry. This means that if a child with a negative balance goes through our lunch lines, we will feed them. We offer an alternative meal to those who have reached their charging limit. This meal is fully reimbursable, meaning it is well balanced per USDA standards. Alternative Breakfast is toast, fruit and milk and Lunch consists of a sun butter sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. In order to not self-identify students with negative balances, we offer an alternative meal to ALL students. Everyone has the option to take a sun butter sandwich as their main entree. 

    What happens to my child's money at the end of the school year?

    If your child has money left in his/her account at the end of the year, the money will be available on the first day of school the following year. Account balances, whether there is a credit or debt, will follow the student from year to year.

    What if my child is allergic to milk, peanuts, etc.?

    If your child has a food allergy, please fill out the Food Allergy/Disability Food Substitution Form and return the signed form to the school nurse.  The form must be signed by both the physician and parent or guardian before a special diet can be made. Please provide as much detail on the form as possible. For example, "My child is allergic to eggs but can consume eggs in baked goods;" "My child is lactose intolerant but can eat cheese;" etc. Regular allergies (i.e. an allergy to "X" item) need to include that "X" item is to be replaced with "Y" item. The way we handle a milk allergy has changed per USDA regulations. We now offer Lactaid in replacement for regular cow's milk if the doctor requests this substitution in writing. Soy milk is also available for students with milk allergies. If your child’s health needs change, a new Food Allergy/Disability Substitution Form signed by a licensed physician is required before any alterations can be made to your child’s diet.

    Why is the account charged more for a la carte items, than the standard hot meal? 

    We receive federal funding for the school lunch program, and to ensure that children select healthy meals, the Federal Government requires that students select foods according to our menu plan. If a child does not select a reimbursable meal, the school district does not receive funding for any portion of the meal. In this case, students are charged a la carte prices for items selected. Consequently, they could actually pay more for less food.

    How can I find out what my student is eating at school?

    You may see your child’s transactions by creating a MySchoolBucks account and reviewing the purchasing history. You may also contact your campus cafeteria manager for a printout to be sent by email.

    How can I view my child(ren)’s lunch account balance and meal purchases online without using the credit card option?

    Parents may view student purchases (meal history) on MySchoolBucks.com. Log on to set up an account to access the information. You will need the student name and student ID (not social security number). There is no fee for viewing balances and meals purchased. A fee is only assessed with credit card payments.

    How can I get an account refund? 

    Contact the Child Nutrition Director with refund inquiries.

    If fewer meal items are selected, is the cost of the meal reduced?

    No. The purpose of the offer vs. serve program is to reduce plate waste and allow students a choice in what they wish to have for lunch. The student may take everything if he/she desires. As a result, there is no reduction in price. Meals that contain less than the required items do not qualify for reimbursement. To cover these costs, Child Nutrition charges these items back to the student and may result in a higher price than if the student chooses an incomplete meal.

    Why does the adult meal cost higher than the student meal?

    The intent of the National School Lunch Program is to provide nutritious and low-cost meals to children. Since this program is for children, there is no federal assistance or reimbursement for meals served to adults. The value of this reimbursement or assistance must not be used to subsidize adult meals. Therefore, the adult meal charge has to be at least a combination of the basic reimbursement rate plus the guaranteed value of USDA commodities (per plate) and higher than the highest charge to the child in the school district. An adult should receive the same size meal as that of a secondary student for the established charge.

    Why are milk servings required with lunch?

    Eight ounces or one (1) cup of fluid milk is a required component of the school lunch pattern. No other beverage (juice, ice tea, or soda), nor food (ice cream, cottage cheese, or yogurt), can be substituted for this required component unless a student has a documented milk allergy on file at Child Nutrition Services. A variety of milk choices are offered at each cafeteria. Children are NOT required to take milk on their tray, it is only offered. Students must take three (3) components to have a reimbursable tray and not be charged an a la carte price. Milk is only one (1) of the five (5) components made available each day.

    What beverage substitution is made for students who are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy?

    If a student is lactose intolerant or has a milk allergy, the Food Allergy/Disability Food Substitution Form must be filled out and signed by the physician and parent or guardian before a substitution can be made. Lactaid milk will be substituted for regular cow's milk for students who are lactose intolerant. Soy milk will be substituted for regular cow's milk for students who have a milk allergy. Water and juice may NOT be substituted for cow's milk, because it does not contain a similar nutrient composition; however, if a student is allergic to both milk and soy, water will be provided.

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