Lunch News for Saint Thomas
Welcome, Tomcats, to another year! This year, we will focus on implementing the Healthy, Hunger-Free Act of 2010. We will continue to provide healthy meals as we strive to meet the guidelines set forth in the Act. We will continue to serve fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Act will also introduce more whole grains to students.
A fresh and canned option is offered daily. We will continue to offer both fruit options; however, we will only provide one fruit item as a lunch component. Additional fruit can be purchased as an á-la-carte item.
Please read the attached “Charging Policy of School Meals and/or Milk” issued by the Diocese on their website:
Lunch Prices for the 2020–2021 School Year will be $2.90 for students and $3.60 for adults. Saint Thomas School participates in the National School Lunch Program. Students are required to choose 3 of 5 options in order for Saint Thomas School to continue to receive government commodities. One of the items must be a fruit and/or vegetable. The options are: main entrée (protein), vegetable, fruit, milk, and bread or grain.
Focus on Fresh
The Federal Lunch Program has mandated a Wellness Policy be followed at every school. Every effort will be made to offer children healthy options on a daily basis.
We will continue to offer a minimum of one fresh fruit or vegetable daily. We will continue to use whole-grain breads and buns.
Extras of the main entrée will be available for purchase. Students will be required to sign up for extras when lunch counts are taken every morning.
No á-la-carte items can be charged on a credit basis. Any á-la-carte items, such as milk, ice-cream, snacks, and extras must be paid for in advance and cannot be charged to their account unless they have a positive balance in their K12PaymentCenter.com account. Please refer to the “Charging Policy of School and/or Milk” (link is above).
Students should pre-pay daily, weekly, or monthly. Eliminating cash at the register helps to speed service during lunch. Students may turn in cash or checks during homeroom in the morning so that the deposits may be made into their account. This year, with all of the added precautions, lunch deposits sent into school will not be made to the lunch accounts until the end of the day.
Lunch prices are as follows: $2.90 daily
Checks for lunches should be made payable to: “Diocese of Covington” with the parent’s birthday, or driver’s license number listed on the check
K12PaymentCenter.com – This software allows parents to deposit funds online for a fee of $1.95 per transaction. The software will also enable parents to view daily lunch account balances FREE of charge. Parents will need to set up an account at K12PaymentCenter.com using the Student’s ID number. If you have already set up an account, you do not need to set up another account, since they carry over from year to year. To set up a new account, you will need to know your Student’s ID number. This is available in your Sycamore login. New families will have their Sycamore login information emailed to them before the first day of school. If you do not know your Student’s ID number(s), please email [email protected], or call the office at (859) 572-4641.
Students may still bring cash or checks into school to deposit into their lunch account, even if you have an online account with K12Payment Center. Your child’s account can be checked online anytime at no cost to you. Please understand that the lunch account operates on a debit, and not a credit system. If you have more than one child enrolled at the school, you can make a single deposit into one child’s account and transfer funds to the other siblings’ accounts with no additional fee for the internal transfer. It is the parent’s responsibility to check accounts and maintain balances.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications
***Online Free & Reduced Lunch Application is available here: https://www.covdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Free-Reduced-Lunch-Application.pdf
We participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program provided by the government. All families are encouraged to apply since the number of applications helps our school with government funding. If you have qualified before, you will still need to submit a new form for the 2020–2021 school year, as applications are re-assessed annually. Federal guidelines define a household as any number of people living under the same roof. If anyone in the household qualifies for Federal programs such as SNAP or KTAP, the child(ren) in the household qualify for free or reduced lunches. Qualified participants will be notified by the Diocese after review.
Students who have previously participated in the free and reduced programs will remain on the program for the first 30 serving days of the new school year. New forms should be completed online at: https://www.covdio.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Free-Reduced-Lunch-Application.pdf You will need your Student ID number to apply. If you do not know your Student’s ID number(s), please email [email protected], or call the office at (859) 572-4641. Anyone not approved by the 30th serving day will revert to a paid status. A paper copy of this application form is also available in the School Office. Please complete your form online as soon as possible so that applications may be reviewed promptly. Benefits from the previous year cease on the 30th serving day, unless you have filed a new application and were approved. You may apply for the Free and Reduced Program at ANY time during the school year, if employment or any other factors change.
Note: Milk, snacks, and extras must be paid for in advance and cannot be charged to the Student’s account unless they have a positive balance in their K12PaymentCenter.com account.
Any student with allergies should make sure that all medical allergy forms are turned into the office before the first day of school. Epi-pens and/or oral medications should be dropped off at the office, and will only be administered in accordance with the relevant, signed paperwork.
I appreciate the support and cooperation of both students and parents and I look forward to a great year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
(859) 572-4641 extn.242
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