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Published 11:52 am, Wednesday, September 6, 2017
On Wednesday, Killeen ISD officials rushed to clarify an email sent to parents of Clear Creek Elementary School students that said “trays will be pulled” from children who didn’t have money in their lunch accounts to pay for meals, according to multiple reports.
According to the Killeen Daily Herald, hours after reports of the “lunch shaming” policy change, Killeen ISD released a statement in hopes of clarifying the situation, saying in part: “Neither the District nor Clear Creek Elementary School have plans to implement a ‘lunch shaming’ policy. Furthermore, the previous correspondence pertaining to such a plan should be disregarded. Parents are being provided further clarification immediately. The District has plans and procedures in place to ensure all students receive nutritious meals on a daily basis.”
KWTX reports Clear Creek Elementary released this email to parents on Tuesday:
A MESSAGE FROM CLEAR CREEK ELEMENTARY CAFETERIA: BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, BREAKFAST AND LUNCH TRAYS WILL BE PULLED FROM STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE BREAKFAST AND OR LUNCH MONEY. PLEASE COME BY THE CAFETERIA OFFICE TO PUT MONEY IN YOUR CHILD’S MEAL ACCOUNT. YOU MAY ALSO CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR MEAL ASSISTANCE APPLICATION IN THE CAFETERIA OR BY CALLING 254-336-0775.
STUDENTS WITHOUT BREAKFAST MONEY WILL NOT EAT. STUDENTS WITHOUT LUNCH MONEY WILL GET A PEANUT BUTTER SANDWICH AND A CUP OF WATER OR A CHEESE SANDWICH IF THE STUDENT IS ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS.
STUDENTS ARE EMBARRASSED WHEN THEIR TRAYS ARE PULLED. PLEASE DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILD. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE STUDENTS HAVE MONEY FOR MEAL PURCHASES AT SCHOOL.
THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF THIS MATTER.
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The original email directly goes against the Senate Bill 1566, which was signed in June and includes a measure to help prevent the practice of lunch shaming by creating a forgiveness period for parents to put more money in their child’s account without the child missing a meal.
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