He has decided that this year he wants to take his lunch to school everyday, which is fine. Honestly, I feel that if he helps pack it, he's more likely to eat it.
On the first day of school after lunch he put his lunch box in the wrong backpack so another little boy took it home :( it was returned the next morning though :) but because he didn't have his lunch box he had a paper bag with his food. That is where the problem starts.
He forgot his lunch in his backpack so when he realized he didn't have it, he told the lunch monitor that he forgot it in his backpack. He was then told to buy a lunch. He's 5, do you really think he carries money? Also because I fall under the income requirements he should qualify for free lunch and I filled out the form. My son tried to buy.a lunch and was told he couldn't because he didn't have any money..
Here are the two questions I had about this...1. Why couldnt they give him a sandwhich of some sort so that he wasn't hungry? And 2. If that wasn't an option for whatever reason, why couldn't they give him a hot lunch and then send a note or bill home stating he owed that?
Both options would have kept a 5 YEAR OLD from being hungry ALL DAY!!!!
I was livid. I went to the school this morning and I was calm about it and I asked what happened and was told it was an oversight and it wouldn't happen again and IF it did I could speak directly to the principal. I spoke with the assistant principal today. And when she told me that I looked at her and said no disrespect ma'am, but once was enough, IF it happens again, I will speak to the principal and so will Fox 2 news.
I probably should have left the last part off but I was so pissed off and my son was punished too. Not only did he not get lunch for whatever reason, he then became disruptive in class because he was hungry and a note was sent home and he lost his sticker for the day.
Since a lot of the same questions and what not are being said I'm going to try to clear some things up.
I pay A LOT to live in this district because of the schools reputation. It's clean, safe and it is also one of the top schools in the whole state for grades and improvement. My property taxes and just the city taxes are outrageous. The city sales tax is 10% , the average for the state is 6% . So, yes I get that his lunch isn't 'free' but it wouldn't be extra money out of my pocket. After everything I pay to live where I do and all the money I spent on supplies, does one child really need 14 glue sticks, and the party fee and the classroom supply fee that had to be paid in cash, the school can afford to eat the $2.20 it would have cost for his lunch. And lets not forget that is not what the school paid for it. That's just what they charge us. That's the full cost, not reduced, the full cost.
He is not allowed to eat in the classroom at all. No snacks. So regardless of whether or not I sent it, he wouldn't have gotten it.
He lost his lunchbox because he put it in the backpack next to his, which unfortunately is the exact same as his. As were 2 other little boys backpacks.
He forgot his lunch the second day because he's 5. He had it at school. The teacher did not remind kids to get their lunch, which she assured us she would at open house for at least a couple weeks to get the kids in a routine.
He was not allowed to get his lunch and when I asked why they said the.students and the monitors (who are grown adults) are not to leave the cafeteria after the doors are closed
One of the replies said that I'm now branded as 'that mom' in the schools eyes. Well I'd rather be 'that mom' than my kid go hungry again.
Some posters are acting like it's not a big deal. Here's the thing, growing up I got to find out the hard way what real hunger feels like and I swore my kids never would. And the school, the people I trusted his health and safety with, let him go hungry. So yeah I'm pissed and rightfully.so.