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  • Q   How can I put money on my child's account?
  • A   Pre-paying for breakfast, lunch and a la carte items is efficient, safe and easy. You may pay by check or cash in the cafeteria or you may now go to www.myschoolbucks.com and register to manage your student's meal account online. If paying in the cafeteria, it is best if your child brings the money to the cafeteria prior to the first lunch service. If paying by check, please include the student's name and account number in the memo field of the check. If paying by cash, it is best when sent in a sealed envelope with the same information written on the envelope. We strongly recommend using a check so it can be tracked if lost or stolen.
  • Q   What is my child's account number and will it remain the same every year?
  • A   Students in grades k-8 will have the same account number every year which is their six-digit student ID number. In grades 9-12, students will use ID badges.
  • Q Can I get a printout of what my student has eaten and how can I limit a la carte purchases daily?
  • A The computer system used to track meals can print what your child has eaten and deposited from the first day of school. A la carte purchases can be limited to a dollar amount or restricted altogether if needed. Please contact your school cafeteria manager to get further information regarding restricting purchases.
  • Q What happens to my child's money at the end of the school year?
  • A If your child has money in their account at the end of the school year, it will be there when the new year starts even if the child attends another school within the district.
  • Q I am moving out of the district and my child has money on their account, how can I get a refund?
  • A If your child has a balance less than $10.00, the cafeteria manager will be able to refund the money to the parent. If the balance is more than $10.00, the parent will be mailed a check from the district for the remaining balance.
  • Q Why are visitors, staff and faculty required to pay more for meals than the students?
  • A According the to Child Nutrition Regulations written by the Federal Government, Teachers, Administrators, staff and other Adults must pay enough for the meal to cover the overall cost of the meal including the value of any USDA donated foods used to prepare the meal, as well as the Federal reimbursement for student lunch.
  • Q Is there an alternate beverage provided if my child is allergic to milk?
  • A Juice many no longer be substituted for milk when students have an allergy to milk. Please obtain a statement from the child's physician and provide it to school officials. The statement must state the following: a) the child's disability; b) an explanation of why the disability restricts the child's diet; c) the major life activity affected by the disability; and d) the food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted. A blank physician's statement form may be found in the documents section to the left on this website.
  • Q Who administers and regulates the School Nutrition program for LaPorte ISD?
  • A The School Nutrition Department is overseen by the Schoool Nutrition Director Yvonne Bennett, RD, LD. La Porte ISD participates in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program which are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In addition to USDA, the department follows the regulations set forth by the state agency, Texas Department of Agriculture, local health departments, and the Board of Trustees.
  • Q How do I apply for free or reduced meals?
  • A You can contact the School Nutrition office at 281.604.6954 and ask to receive an application by mail, or come by the School Nutrition office located at 2015 Sens Road in LaPorte.
  • Q Are the school meals high in fat, sodium and calories?
  • A The La Porte School Nutrition department plans meals according to USDA guidelines to provide 1/3 of the student's recommended dietary allowances and contain no more than 30 percent calories from fat and no more than 10 percent calories from saturated fat averaged over a week. A computer program analyzes all of the menus.
Food items provided such as chicken nuggets, pizza and hamburgers are specified to contain limited amounts of fat and sodium. The nutrient content is different than those sold in local fast food restaurants and these products are specially made for school nutrition programs.
  • Q What exactly are the regulations that the Nutrition Department follows for school meals?
  • A The Texas Nutrition Policy that was created by the Texas Department of agriculture can be downloaded and viewed at www.squaremeals.org. Click on Texas Public School Nutrition Policy.
  • Q Do I have to fill out a new free/reduced meal application each year?
  • A Yes.   A new application is needed at the beginning of each school year. Applications are sent home with the students the first day of school in their back to school packets. Applications are also available at every campus office, cafeteria, and the School Nutrition Office located at 2015 Sens Road in La Porte.