Super! They came to their senses and are implementing good, common sense and
thinking about the kids for once. Good job.
Now you see, it works. Cheers to that and to Texas.(S.t. a public
outcry is not so bad after all)(Of course thanks to DN reporting)
Love it!The light gets shined on stupid, wrong and bad--and in a
short amount of time, gets turned into smart, correct and good.Oh,
that everything wrong in the world could get fixed this fast and easy.
Well!We probably just created another entitlement.And we wonder why
the new generations grow up believing they're entitled to everything.I'm sure when the parents decide to show up or answer the school calls to
pay their bill the child will have already graduated.I hope the state
decides to go into parent's bank accounts and take the money if the
shameless parents refuse to pay since their kids get fed anyways.
And now we will have a different problem entirely. Some parents - not many -
will, knowing that their kids will be fed, no matter what, simply not send in
any money for lunches. They will try to game the system.But I
believe that the good people of the district, if allowed, can donate to a fund
to feed the children, and make the school less dependent on the government for
So very glad to see this! Last week's incident was frankly a disgrace and
not the way one of the richest countries on Earth should treat their children.
Earlier articles on this subject referred to the employees being on "paid
leave" while this one simply says they are on "leave". Which is it?
Paid or unpaid. Unpaid leave is a punishment. Paid leave is a vacation. Also,
how long will these employees remain on "leave", who are they and has
anyone heard from them? I would like to hear their side of the story.
I am glad that the school district changed their policy, and children will not
miss their lunches anymore.
This has been an education for certain educators. But have they learned
anything? It is astonishing that common sense did not prevail and
prevent this whole mess. That a whole new "policy" needed to be
developed is telling. And frightening. The this is the same
mindset that gets a first-grader suspended for sexual harassment after an
innocent kiss on the playground. It is the same stupidity that has the same kid
up on charges for bringing a plastic knife to school in his lunch! "Lock and load, the kid has a weapon!" It is the same
benighted mindset that forbids a teenager to have some Advil in her locker. You
have to deposit it with the school nurse - and it isn't going to happen
easily.It is time to begin educating our educators (or rather, the
administrators making these foolish rules) about the benefits of actual common
First everyone should understand to embarrass students is not right.Now I
have said that, it is a shame that parents do not have to be responsible for
their kids anymore in this district. If they don't want to pay for their
student's lunch that is just fine, the tax payer will pick up the tab. I
wonder if this can extend to me, I don't want to make my car payment, do
you think we could get a policy that will allow me to keep my car and the
taxpayer will make the payments?This could all have been avoided if
parents would have paid their bills.
Great News! I hope this policy spreads thru the whole State. If the district
can afford to dish up a lunch and then dump it, and then turn around and give a
milk and fruit, adding waste upon waste, then they can afford to feed a hungry
kid, regardless of their parents ability to pay or not. Yes, go after the
parent - leave the kid out of it. Sounds like the district will be throwing
away their little red "happy face" stamps to remind kids to tell their
parents they are out of money too.Now, let's get Chef Gordon
Ramsey to have a little talk with Michelle Obama about the quality, flavor and
texture of those "healthy" school lunches that get dumped by thousands
of kids voluntarily! "School Kitchen Nightmares" - he can help Michelle
to come up with a different menu to attract more paying customers!
Yeah let's not worry about parents paying their bills. The government can
fund it through our taxes. Not that I want a kid to go hungry but if the
parents would take care of their responsibilities then this story never would
Kudos to Salt Lake City School District for getting this one right, finally.
I can see abuse of the lunch program possible if parents now know there children
will be fed whether or not they pay for it. What does a school system do to
non paying parents? They should have a list of students without paid for
lunches and feed them a couple of days and then refer them to police for
parental abuse. I can see you don't have money for a school lunch but a
PBJ sandwich or something else provided by the parents is what i called for.
I could not believe what I was reading when I saw the article about school
lunches being trashed and children bullied about their bills- which they have
absolutely NO control over. The district is doing the right thing now- they seem
to be on track- and, I would also like to see the person who actually TOOK
lunches from hungry children FIRED. Those actions were uncalled for and cruel.
In Utah of all states! The state that most consider a good example to other
states. You looked really bad, Utah. :(
One cant help think back to 1940's, when in the Farmington Elementary
school a bowl of soup was served at noon to each student, because many families
were poor. Now of course in our affluent society, school meals offers a full
course menu. If some schools cannot afford to freely provide noon meals to every
student, perhaps such should be scaled back to what is affordable. Or raise the
price of a meal to students who pay - to make up for those who don't.
Good result, no more trashed lunches, nor hungry or embarrassed schoolkids.But to the school workers I'd ask if they really learned a necessary
lesson of life, yet. Those school workers have a job, a job they can hardly be
fired from, a job with health insurance, a job with a retirement plan, in short
they have a job that gives them a decent life. The parents of the schoolkids
are financially weaker, they have an intermittent job if they have a job at all,
no health insurance, no retirement plan, no paid sick leave, no paid vacation,
but they have children who they are sending to school = good for them.Get
a real lesson, school workers, get off your soft chair, get away from your
desktop computer which can seemingly show these problems and tell you how to
solve them, Get Real, people, find and work on solving more real problems. This
rule was wrong to have on the books.And thanks again to that guy from
Texas, we should all be ready to help like he was.
Free everything for everyone. Supply and Demand = the world is flat as we are
ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Yes it was
wrong to take the lunches away, but if we teach kids that there is such a thing
as a free lunch how long can our society actually last?
Really??? They needed a new policy. Common sense wouldn't have worked?
Well here is hoping other school districts will follow suit. I know of at least
one other district that has the same policy when it comes to giving fruit and
milk when a student does not have enough money in their account. I also know
they are told to let their parents know they need money. I think its time the
Legislature gets involved and correct some of these issues by passing laws that
will help the children of this state and hold the parents accountable when they
are not fulling their responsibilities as parents.
What about checking paying status before serving? What about kids bringing their
own lunch? Is this policy for elementary school or does it include all grades,
k-12? If kids take a free meal and throw away food, what will be the
consequences? Should "free" lunches be what kids will most likely
eat? Milk, pizza, fruit slices(not every child will eat the whole fruit)? School
budgets are going to take a hit.
So once again parents don't have to be responsible for their kids and/or
paying their bills. This only enabled parents who think everything should be
taken care of for them. Sorry.....not feeling it. I admit how the lunches were
taken away from the kids was not common sense but this only enables parents who
are already feeling entitled. Please start showing some responsibility parents
and check and make sure your child's lunch is taken care of. No one should
have to let you know that your account is low or out. Keep track of your
balance.....what a novel idea!!!!! Those who think schools should run like a
business.....something like this would never fly. Another proof that schools
should run like schools and forget about this business mumbo jumbo.
@Orem ParentNext time your bills go unpaid see how you like the collectors
coming after your kids rather than being civil. I think you have the wrong
Dear Salt Lake City School District:A simple plan:"The lunch will be provided, but if funds are deficient, the money will
come from __ fund. Parents have __ time to settle any amount/claim before
participation in the school lunch program is disqualified."Some
simple suggestions:* Place a keypad to check account balances at the
front office (for student privacy)* Put cashiering at the start of the
line* Require parents to sign a simple agreement upon enrollment (ie. in
person)It isn't a school's job to replace parental
responsibility, whether it's food or financial planning. But if you're
going to be involved, make sure the responsibility is clear throughout the
entire process... otherwise you'll only run into problems again and get
blamed for them again.
How sad, when children see parents who can't care for them, and must be fed
by other peoples tax money.I remember when children would bring
lunch boxes, and a thermos for lunch.Nothing beats moms fruit, and
sandwiches.Now, if mom sent lunch, it must be inspected to see if it
passes guild lines. Pathetic!
Full meals for all! Good decision.
The school isn't more likely going to get the money by using the kids as a
messenger than the school taking legal action or getting the paperwork together
so the kids are included in the free or reduced meal plan option. A kid
can't make an adult do anything. You can not squeeze blood from a turnip
either. Full lunches for all is excellent. Ridiculous to deny one
child a real meal for a piece of fruit.
I do not like Entitlements. That said it was a disgrace to do what they did to
those kids.In this case I would rather pay for a few freeloaders then see kids
go with out food. That this happened in Zion makes the problem even worse...This
is rude and crude and unseemly any where. I am glad they are trying to get their
act together.The two workers need to be fired, and if they say they where only
following orders then the person giving the orders needs to be fired also,