• Frequently Asked Questions Frequently Asked Questions

     

    Are school meals healthy?
    Bremerton School District provides meals that meet federal requirements and guidelines. The program is operated by the District’s Child Nutrition Services (CNS) department. CNS offers a wide variety of foods and is particularly proud to emphasize locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables.
     
    What is considered a lunch and what is considered ala carte?
    A “breakfast” is 3 out of the 4 components, in the appropriate amounts. "Lunch" is 3 out of the 5 components in the appropriate amounts. The USDA recognizes Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Meat/Meat Alternates, and Milk as components. Incomplete meals are charged ala carte pricing.  Milk is included as part of a meal, but if selected alone it is $.50.

    How do I open a lunch account for my student?
    When you enroll your student in school they are automatically issued a Food Services meal account. They are given a seven-digit student ID number which they keep throughout their years in the Bremerton School District. Students enter their seven-digit student ID into a keypad to access their meal account. Each student is encouraged to memorize their own number so that students move quickly and efficiently during the meal periods.  Families are expected to maintain positive balances on their students' accounts.

    How do I apply for Free/Reduced meals?
    A NEW Free and Reduced-priced meal application must be completed every school year by a household wishing to obtain free or reduced-priced meals. The current application and parent letter are available on the Bremerton School District/CNS web page or at any school in the District. Applications are processed at the CNS office within 10 working days of being received. Parents are encouraged to return meal applications as early in the year as possible. Completed applications are best submitted directly to the CNS staff in the school kitchen. Students are charged the full paid price for any meals until an application is processed and approved. Applications may be turned at any time during a school year. Households that qualify for free and/or reduced-priced meals will be notified by phone (School Messenger). For those that apply and are denied approval of meal benefits, a letter will be directly mailed to the household.

    How do I deposit money into their account?
    CNS and the BSD provide many convenient options to determine student meal account balance information. Pre-payment of meals is strongly encouraged. Cash or check is accepted at any school kitchen. Checks can be written at one school to include all students regardless of location, but which students and how much for each should be clearly stated. Online payment is a convenient option that is available for a fee of $1.50 through Family Access. Family Access allows access to meal account activity, payment documentation and account balance as well as an online secure credit card payment option. To find out how to obtain a Family Access password, please contact your school’s office. Meal account balances may also be obtained by contacting the CNS office or the CNS staff at any Bremerton School.

    What if I forget to send lunch money to school?
    We encourage all families to keep current on meal accounts.
     
    Elementary students may receive up to two lunches that will put their account into the negative. A negative balance slip is sent home with the student. A stamp may be applied to the back of their hand as a reminder as well. As an additional courtesy, automated phone calls are made to remind parents when their student’s meal account is in the negative and is in need of immediate attention. After a second charged meal, the student will be offered a courtesy meal of cereal, milk and salad bar instead of the regular lunch.
     
    Secondary students are not allowed to charge meals. We try very hard to end the year balanced and would appreciate all negative charges to be paid by the end of the school year. Account balances (negative and positive) are carried through to the next school year.  (With the exception of students that are graduating, negative balances will be transferred to their school fines list.  Please request a refund through the Child Nutrition Office for any money remaining.) 

    Can parents eat with their students?
    We welcome parents to eat with their student(s). Adult meal prices are $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch.

    My student has a life threatening food allergy/non-life threatening food allergy/physical disability; is there any way CNS can help?
    Students needing a food substitution due to a disability may complete a Diet Prescription Form that specifies specific substitutions by a doctor or nurse-practitioner. For food allergies, school nurses and CNS staff both must have the correct documentation.

    What if I have other questions?
    Contact us for more information about Free and Reduced-priced applications, meal balance accounts or any Child Nutrition Services questions at 360-473-4717.
Last Modified on October 31, 2016