Cafeteria and Food Services
All students must have a lunch. Students are encouraged to bring or buy well balanced nutritious meals everyday. Nutritious lunches are available in the cafeteria daily. For menus and costs please refer to the Office of Food and Nutrition Services. Breakfast is served from 8:15 – 8:30 daily. Milk is served with each lunch, or may be purchased separately. Students may also purchase ice cream, pretzels, juice, and cookies, but not in place of lunch. Payment Options
Online - using www.MySchoolBucks.com. The service is easy, convenient, private and secure. Once parents open an account, they may check the balance at anytime.
Check - Make checks payable to Island Creek Food Services and bring the check to the food service manager’s office. A local address and phone number are required to be either printed or handwritten on the check. The student name and PIN number are required on the check memo line. Parents who want their checks for meals only should write “MEALS ONLY” on their check. Checks returned for insufficient funds are forwarded directly to CHECKredi (866-433-7334) for collections.
Cash - Cash may be brought to the food service manager’s office for deposit on student’s account, or students may pay cash on a daily basis.
Parents are encouraged to prepay for their child(ren)’s meals so lunch money is always available. Meals may be purchased in advance for the week, month, or longer. Each student is issued a personalized account number. When purchasing lunch or another food item in the cafeteria, students enter their account number at the register and the purchase is deducted from their account. Please reserve carbonated soft drinks (soda pop) for an “at home” treat. Glass containers and bottles are not allowed in the cafeteria. Special Notes on Lunch Accounts
Payments may be specified for meals only or meals and a la carte snacks.
A printed summary of child(ren)’s account is available by contacting the food service manager or by signing on with MyLunchMoney.com. You do not need to use the online account for this service.
Remind child(ren) not to share their personal identification number (PIN) with friends.
For lunch account refund request information log onto the following address: http://www.fcps.edu/fs/food/talk/faq.shtml#refunds
Money can be added to the accounts at any time during the year. Accounts may be designated as “Lunch only,” or “open” which allows students to purchase a la carte items. Purchase of extra items adds up quickly and will impact the amount of money available for students to purchase regular meals.
When students do not have lunch or lunch money
If there are 4 lunches or below on a student’s meal card, or if a student’s lunch account drops below $8.00, a “Keep In Touch” message is sent from food services, via phone and email alerting parents that their student’s account is low on funds. DAY 1-5 without lunch money…
The student will receive lunch and the cost of that lunch will be deducted from the Principal’s Account. A “Keep in Touch” message will be sent, alerting parents that their student’s account does not have any money. The student's cafeteria account balance will go to a negative amount. Later, when a repayment is applied to the student’s account, the account balance will be adjusted accordingly.
DAY 6 and beyond without lunch money… The student will receive a bread and cheese sandwich and milk will be provided. A “Keep in Touch” message will be sent weekly notifying parents that their child has no money in their account and request that money to be placed on their account. Students will continue to get a bread and cheese sandwich, and milk until money is added to their account.
Negative Lunch Balances
Student negative balances from the previous school year are carried over to the new school year. If a student attempts to purchase a lunch during the first week of school without money on their cafeteria account, the student will be allowed to keep the lunch for all five (5) days. After five (5) days without money, the school’s policy for students without lunch money will go into effect. The negative account balance and repayment process applies.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Free and reduced-price meal applications are mailed to all households each August. If you do not receive an application in the mail or if you experience an income or household size change, an application is available at your local school, or by contacting Food and Nutrition Services at 703-813-4800 or 703-813-4844 or at the following link: 2017-18 Confidential Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals. All applications need to be renewed every year. Time is critical. Please submit early in the school year. Students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals receive breakfast and lunch at no cost. Food and Nutrition Services will absorb these costs.