Salt Lake City School District sets new policy after outcry over dumped lunches

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  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    Feb. 20, 2014 7:34 p.m.

    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,

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:43 a.m.

    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.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 11, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    Full meals for all! Good decision.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Feb. 9, 2014 1:58 p.m.

    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.


  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    Feb. 9, 2014 12:11 p.m.

    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.

  • Midvaliean MIDVALE, UT
    Feb. 9, 2014 9:02 a.m.

    @Orem Parent
    Next 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 perspective here.

  • Snoopy7 West Jordan, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2014 4:46 p.m.

    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.

  • 1covey Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    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.

  • whatnext Clearfield, Utah
    Feb. 8, 2014 1:16 p.m.

    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.

  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 12:26 p.m.

    Really??? They needed a new policy. Common sense wouldn't have worked? Apparently not.

  • play by the rules SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 12:17 p.m.

    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?

  • dave4197 Redding, CA
    Feb. 8, 2014 11:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Feb. 8, 2014 10:44 a.m.

    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.

  • my two cents777 ,
    Feb. 8, 2014 9:01 a.m.

    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. :(

  • Kathy. Iowa, Iowa
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:56 a.m.

    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.

  • On the other hand Riverdale, MD
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    Kudos to Salt Lake City School District for getting this one right, finally.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:49 a.m.

    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 have happened.

  • hockeymom Highland, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:48 a.m.

    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!

  • tra1951 Ferron, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    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.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 8:33 a.m.

    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 sense.

  • Jobie The Netherlands, 00
    Feb. 8, 2014 7:33 a.m.

    I am glad that the school district changed their policy, and children will not miss their lunches anymore.

  • billster36 Nies, MI
    Feb. 8, 2014 7:30 a.m.

    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.

  • toshi1066 OGDEN, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 6:41 a.m.

    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.

  • Walt Nicholes Orem, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 6:40 a.m.

    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 this money.

  • Joemamma W Jordan, UT
    Feb. 8, 2014 5:35 a.m.

    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.

  • Yorkshire City, Ut
    Feb. 8, 2014 1:52 a.m.

    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.

  • desert Potsdam, 00
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:29 p.m.

    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)

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Feb. 7, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    Super! They came to their senses and are implementing good, common sense and thinking about the kids for once. Good job.