Student + Family Handbook

104.0 -- Food & Nutrition Services

Sarasota County Schools Food and Nutrition Services Department operates National School Breakfast Programs (NSBP), National School Lunch Programs (NSLP); and at schools that qualify, the After School Snack Program (ASSP), Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Feeding Program.  Meals comply with relevant national program guidelines.  A monthly menu can be found linked on our website at www.sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/fns.aspx under the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Personal copies of the menu may also be sent home at your request.  Nutrislice is an “app” that is also available for download on a Smart Phone that will have breakfast and lunch menus, and nutritional information. Additional information about Food and Nutrition Services can also be found on Facebook (Sarasota County Schools Food & Nutrition Services) and Instagram (@SRQSchoolFNS).
  

Funding Meals:
Parents may pay into a child’s account by sending money with the child to school or through an online program called www.myschoolbucks.com. The school, grade, birth date and district ID# (not their PIN # or N #) is needed in order to create an account. The student's lunch account can then be fiunded with a credit or debit card. (A convenience fee is chaged for each transaction.) Features of this program include online viewing of account balance, viewing seven days of meal purchase history and the ability to enable the "Smart Pay" feature which automatically adds money to a child's account when a low balance is reached.  Money is collected daily at lunch by the Food and Nutrition Services cashier with pre-pay cash or a check. Please send money in a well-sealed envelope with your child's FIRST AND LAST NAME, PIN #, and TOTAL AMOUNT included. Checks are to be made payable to the school the child attends.  If a child attends a charter school, the check needs to be made out to the school that provides the meals.  Please put the child's name and PIN # in the memo area of the check as well.  If more than one child attends a school, please designate how the money or check should be divided. Refunds may be issued upon parental request to the Food and Nutrition Services Department.

Free and Reduced Meal Benefits:
Parents and/or guardians are responsible to apply for Free and Reduced Meal Benefits and are responsible for all charges until eligibility is determined.  Parents will be notified when a child's account is running low.  Please make sure if they sign up for www.myschoolbucks.com, the child’s account is current.  Food & Nutrition Services temporarily provides an alternate meal to children if they do not have sufficient funds to pay for their lunch unless they qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal program.   

Free and Reduced meal benefits must be applied for annually.  Parents and/or guardians may apply online at www.sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/fns/default under the Food and Nutrition Services Department section.  Paper applications are also available in each school’s main office. 

Meal Prices Effective for the 2016-2017 School Year:

Age                 
Paid Price: Breakfast   
Reduced Price: Breakfast   
Paid Price: Lunch   
Reduced Price: Lunch
Elementary $1.00
$0.30
 $2.25
 $0.40
Middle
 $1.25$0.30
 $2.50
 $0.40
High
 $1.25
$0.30
 $2.75
 $0.40
Adult
 $1.50
N/A
 $3.50
 N/A



Foods from outside Food & Nutrition Services:
Please note that, due to long-standing regulations established by the National School Lunch Program and the Sarasota County School District, the only food that may be purchased on school campuses by students or parents is food that is sold in school cafeterias or other authorized locations on campuses.

Students may bring food purchased elsewhere to school, for consumption during scheduled school meal times. Parents also may bring food purchased elsewhere to school for their children only, for consumption during scheduled school meal times. Students and parents also may bring food purchased elsewhere to schools for school-authorized events such as classroom celebrations, subject to school-specific rules and permissions.

However, financial transactions for the purchase of food, such as food delivery purchases, may not be made by students or parents on school campuses until at least 30 minutes after the end of the school day. This includes payment by credit card when any part of the transaction made by any method occurs on a school campus, including phone and Internet orders.

Florida Administrative Code, Section 64E-11.003

“Foods prepared in a private home shall not be used, sold, or offered to the public by a food service establishment or theater.”

“Food received or used in food service establishments shall be from sources approved or considered sanitary by the department (Health Department) and shall be clean, wholesome, free from spoilage, adulteration and misbranding and safe for human consumption.  It shall have been prepared, processed, handled, packaged, transported and stored in a sanitary manner so as to be protected from contamination and spoilage.”

Please refer to Sarasota County Schools’ Food and Nutritional Services at www.sarasotacountyschools.net/departments/fns/default for more information.

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Pupil Support Services
Sonia Figaredo-Alberts, Executive Director
sonia.figaredo-alberts@sarasotacountyschools.net

Julie Zarling, Administrative Assistant
julie.zarling@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31109
Fax: 941-927-4052
1960 Landings Boulevard
Sarasota, Florida 34231
Green 3rd Floor

Exceptional Student Education
Tammy Cassels, Supervisor
tammy.cassels@sarasotacountyschools.net

Ana Montero, Administrative Assistant
ana.montero@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34226
Fax: 941-927-4014

Student Services
Debra Giacolone, Supervisor
debra.giacolone@sarasotacountyschools.net

Sally Dean, Administrative Assistant
sally.dean@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34754
Fax: 941-361-6157 

School Health Services 
Suzanne Dubose, Supervisor
suzanne.dubose@sarasotacountyschools.net

Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34765
Fax: 941-927-4108

Florida Department of Health Sarasota County 
Linda Glover, Supervisor
linda.glover@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 32101 

Alternative Education, Discipline & Dropout Prevention
Bethany King, Supervisor
bethany.king@sarasotacountyschools.net

Patty Woods, Administrative Assistant
patty.woods@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 31113 

ESOL and Migrant Education
Jamie Rodriguez, Supervisor
jamie.rodriguez@sarasotacountyschools.net

State & Federal Projects
Jane Mahler, Supervisor
jane.mahler@sarasotacountyschools.net

Betsy Hooper, Administrative Assistant
betsy.hooper@sarasotacountyschools.net
Phone: 941-927-9000, ext. 34061 

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