Food Service Department
7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
LUNCH CHOICES - $2 Per Day
BREAKFAST - $1 Per Day
Dear LACS Families,
We hope this letter finds you and all your loved ones well. I realize that it is a break in tradition, but we are unable to provide you with a complete school menu for September. It has become a bit of a cliché but these are definitely unprecedented times. The school’s Reopening Plan was approved by the Governor on August 7 and the real work of making that plan become a reality was set in motion. Unlike a traditional calendar-style menu, this plan involves three separate menus.
- Virtual Pre-K will have an option to pick up meals. You will receive a one-time sign up for this option in the mail.
- Students in Kindergarten and 1st grade will be provided their meal (breakfast for morning students and lunch for afternoon students) and an option to take home their second meal. Morning students will take lunch home with them and afternoon students will take home tomorrow’s breakfast. Meals will be delivered to the classroom.
- Students in grades 2-5 will be served breakfast and lunch in their classroom. These meals will consist of cold options such as cereal, breakfast bars, parfaits, sandwiches, wraps, salads and Lunchables. Meals will need to be preordered by Thursday for the following week. Menus will be available on the school website along with a Google form to submit your child’s order. Due to the logistical challenges associated with delivering meals to classrooms, your careful attention to preordering meals will be greatly appreciated. Students in 5th grade will be able to order meals to take home for their virtual learning days.
- Students in grades 6-12 will be able to come through a modified serving line with hot and cold options on the days they are at school. There will be at least one hot option and I hope to have at least some of the snack bar favorites available such as pizza (for the high school students) and buffalo wraps. Middle and high school students may sign up to take meals home for their virtual learning days. You will receive information and paperwork to sign up in the mail.
Please be aware that the Emergency Feeding Program we were operating under in the spring ended on June 30, 2020. We will be operating under normal school lunch guidelines. Meals will be charged based on each student’s Free / Reduced Price / Full Pay status and reminder calls and emails will resume. We encourage you to fill out an application for free and reduced meals, especially if your situation has changed as a result of the COVID19 crisis.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these plans. Our success will depend upon open lines of communication. Please be patient as we roll out these changes and keep in mind that this is a very fluid situation. There may also be unexpected changes along the way depending on the availability of products.
We look forward to seeing our students again and intend to do our best to provide them with healthy, appetizing meals. We want to help make their adjustment to this new school experience as comfortable as possible.
Rachel Hoffman, Interim Food Service Director and the Entire LACS Food Service Staff
Free and Reduced-Priced Meals Available
Free and reduced priced meals are available for children whose families meet certain federal guidelines. Please read the information provided in the September newsletter to see if you qualify for this program. If you meet the guidelines, you may fill out the application and return it to your child’s school office. All information is confidential. Questions regarding the application process may be directed to Anne Petzoldt at (315) 376-9001.
If your child is eligible for free and reduced price meals, he/she may also be eligible for other benefits such as waivers for fees charged for the college application fees, PSAT, ACT, AP and SAT exams. In order to provide these benefits to you, it is necessary to have a consent form signed by a parent/guardian each school year. This form will be included with the notification letter regarding eligibility for free and reduced meals. The consent form must be completed and returned to your child’s school office or mailed to: Anne Petzoldt, Lowville Central School, 7668 N. State Street, Lowville NY 13367.
My School Bucks
You may prepay for school meals online with our “MySchoolBucks” program. To set up an account, simply go to "http://www.myschoolbucks.com" www.myschoolbucks.com and follow the simple instructions. Full paid reimbursable lunches are $2.00, breakfasts are $1.00 and reduced meals are $.25
Automated calls will be made every Tuesday and Friday evening for students whose cafeteria balance is low or negative. A low balance call will occur for full pay students when their accounts are below $5.00, reduced pay students when their accounts are below $1.00, and free students (who buy juice or a la carte items) when their accounts are below $2.00. All students with negative balances on account will receive an automated call.
Students will be allowed to charge three lunches in the event their account balance is insufficient or they do not have money. After this, families are expected to pay off the charges and put money on their child’s account. If your family is experiencing a financial hardship, please contact the District Office at (315) 376-9001 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss a feasible payment plan and/or apply for the free and reduced lunch program. We are here to help; please call or email anytime with questions or concerns.
cafeteria staff also makes breakfast available to all students. Breakfast includes a variety of items to choose from and is served every morning. If you qualify for free or reduced lunches, you also qualify for free or reduced breakfast. The cost of breakfast for full pay students is $1.00.
Thank you for your support of the school meal program. If you have questions or concerns, please call Rachel Hoffman in the cafeteria office at 315-376-9004 at any time during the year ahead.