The supervisor of food service shall determine which individual children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the following procedure.
- The school shall provide to patrons of the school who request them, forms on which to make application for consideration of eligibility of their student for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches. Patrons shall be notified individually of the acceptance or denial of their applications and, if the application is accepted, shall be informed of the procedure to be followed by the student to receive such meals. If the application is denied, the patron will be informed of the name of the official to whom he/she may make an appeal for a review of the decision.
- In making collections from students who pay for their meals, and in accounting for the number of free or reduced-price meals served, procedures shall be observed in order that no other student in the school will be made aware of such procedure or the identity of the students receiving free or reduced-price meals. Students shall receive breakfast and lunch tickets for those grades where they are used in the same manner and time as other students purchasing breakfasts andlunches. Where tickets are not used, the name of the student shall be added to the list of those receiving meals in that room or group.
- The guidelines set forth for determining eligibility and the procedure to be followed for application shall be announced to all patrons of the district at the beginning of each year.
- The names of students determined to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals shall not be published, posted or announced in any manner.
- Students receiving free or reduced-price meals will not be required, as a condition of receiving such meals, to:
- Use a separate room, cafeteria or section of the cafeteria.
- Go through a separate serving line.
- Enter the cafeteria through a different entrance than is used by children who are paying the full price for meals.
- Eat breakfast and/or lunch at a different time from paying children.
- Work in the breakfast program orlunch program to an extent more than other students in the program.
- Use a different medium of exchange in the cafeteria than is used by paying children.
- Eat a different meal than is eaten by paying children.
- The district shall use the income scale which is annually issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in determining the eligibility of children for free or reduced-price breakfasts and lunches.