GALLOWAY TWP. -
After hearing the news of the Utah School District throwing out lunches because of an outstanding balance this South Jersey mom said it was deja vu.
Amy Ross a Smithville Elementary School Mother said "For a child to go through the entire lunch line get their hot lunch and then to be told you can't have that, they take the tray and throw it right in the trash. Then he has to continue to go to the back of the line and start the process all over again to get a cheese sandwich"
Amy Ross says that this has occurred several times to her fifth grade son over the past two years at Smithville Elementary School.
“Finally last year I did call and spoke with the principal and she apologized and she did talk to the cafeteria workers. They verbally apologized to me but it continues to this day," said Ross
Ross says that she believes that kids should not be penalized for their parent's oversight.
School officials say that there are policies in place, but these situations are handled delicately.
Galloway Township School District Superintendent Dr. Annette Giaquinto, Ed. D. explains "This is not how we operate here, we do have policies in our district, we have paypams where parents can have accounts, they can monitor accounts. There are automatic notifications through the accounts. We absolutely never deny a child lunch."
If a balance owed is more than $25, students are served an alternative meal and the parent is notified.
"We try to balance that the child comes first at the same time it is a business. We do need to make sure that the program can operate well," said Giaquinto.
"I think what happens is between the parents and the cafeteria. It's not between the child and the lunch lady. Let the kids eat their lunch,” said Ross.
The Superintendent said they have not received any food service management complaints on file for this year.
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