Charging Guidelines

Our practice is that no child goes hungry.  These guidelines are in place at all schools in our district and we have procedures in place to ensure we are communicating with the parents and/or guardians on file regarding their lunch account.  Parents and/or guardians are responsible to maintain their student’s accounts throughout the entire school year.  Family Access is the best method for this, as well as, a current email address and phone number. We use an automated system that notifies the parent and/or guardian via phone and email when your child’s lunch account goes in the negative. 

Elementary Students:  Student accounts will be charged for meals if the student account is low on funds. Charges are for reimbursable meals only.  No ala carte items are allowed to be charged, including milk.

Secondary Students: Student accounts will be charged for meals if, the student account is low on funds. Charges are for reimbursable meals only.  No ala carte items are allowed to be charged, including milk.

Adults/Staff The Washington Constitution prohibits state and local governments from giving or loaning public funds to individuals, companies, or associations.  (Article VIII, sections 5 and 7). The district encourages staff to place funds on their account and/or pay with cash.


Low Balance We encourage every family to sign-up for Low Balance notifications through Family Access.  To Log into Skyward/Family Access: Select My Account at the top right corner of your Skyward/Family Access window.  In the Account Settings view, at the very bottom, check the box next to Receive Emails when Food Service Balance is under $6.00 and then SAVE the settings. To stop receiving the low balance emails, simply uncheck the box and again SAVE the settings.

Negative Balance: Households are notified of any negative balances when a student’s account reaches $-0.40, with an automated phone call and/or email. (Please note: the data used to generate these calls is from the end of the previous day and may not reflect payments made over the past 24 hours.) These messages are provided as a service to the family to ensure that negative charges do not accrue drastically before a parent/guardian is notified.  Negative balances of -$10.00 or more will also be sent a letter to notify the parents and/or guardians of the outstanding debt.  Please note unpaid charges will be carried over year to year from school to school in the district. 

Seniors: Seniors must complete Senior Checkout and accounts must be in a positive status before graduation.  Funds left on a Senior’s food service account will be distributed to siblings, if applicable unless otherwise specified.  Refunds available upon request, please send the request to

Questions:  If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact one of the following: Kjersti Sundberg, Food Services Secretary @ 360-629-1411 or or Don Vennetti, Food Service Director @ 360-629-1208 or