To view the meal-charging policy in its entirety, click here. A courtesy (emergency) lunch of a sandwich, milk, and fruit, is available to students who do not have money in their lunch account. To help assure that students eat, we may allow a child to charge a meal (the parent/guardian is responsible to pay for any meals served to their student). Students who have a negative balance will not be permitted to charge meals until their account is current. Adults, staff, and/or guests (non-enrolled ASD students) may not charge.
Paying/Prepaying for School Meals
Student balances follow the student from school-to-school within the district and remain on the student account from one year to the next.
You are welcome, and encouraged, to prepay your child's meals. To help assure that each child eats lunch, we may allow a child to "charge" a meal (the parent/guardian is responsible to pay for any meals served to their student), but students who have a negative balance* in their meal account will not be permitted to charge meals until their account is current. (A courtesy, or emergency lunch, consisting of a sandwich, milk, and fruit is available to students who do not have money in their account.)
- To prepay into your child's account, you may give payments (cash, money order, or check) directly to a member of the kitchen staff, or you may make online payments (see Online Payment Option information in adjoining column) to manage deposits using a debit or credit card.
- Make checks/money orders payable to the Auburn School District.
- Please include the student's name, ID number, grade, and homeroom teacher's name on the check or money order (or on the envelope if you send a cash deposit).
Need to have the balance of your student's account refunded?
Upon request, the balance of your student's account can be refunded. Refunds take approximately three to four weeks and the refund check is mailed to the parent/guardian. To request a refund, call the Child Nutrition Services office at 253-931-4972.
Some families choose to donate account balances to our in-need student account; these donations are gratefully accepted. We are happy to arrange the option that works best for you! If you have another student in the Auburn School District and would prefer to have the balance transferred to that student rather than having it refunded, staff in the CNS office can take care of that for you.
Why does my student have an InTouch cafeteria fine/fee?
When a student withdraws or graduates from the Auburn School District, if they have a negative balance on their meal account, that amount is posted as an InTouch fine/fee. The amount due may be paid through the school bookkeeper or in the main office at the school.
Just like a fee or fine for any other program or lost/damaged item, once the child nutrition amount is paid, the fee is cleared from the student record. While a fee amount remains on a student's record, official records will not be released (3520P).
In June 2014, negative balances on student accounts were transferred/moved to the district fine list (InTouch). If your student had a negative balance at the end of the 2013-14 school year, it is now showing as a kitchen/cafeteria fine on InTouch. These fines may be paid through the main office or with the school bookkeeper.