Kenton County School District implements new lunch policy

EDGEWOOD, Ky. - Wednesday marks the first day of classes for the Kenton County School District and a few changes are in store for the coming school year.

In the spring of 2012, a Good Samaritan paid for school lunches at R.C. Hinsdale Elementary School in Edgewood after some students were forced to throw out their tray of food and instead eat an alternative snack of cheese and crackers during state testing.

This incident was a result of some students’ inability to pay their lunch fee. Based on the schools policy, those students were given a snack instead.

For the 2013 school year, Kenton County has created a new policy.  Under the new plan, if a student incurs three meal charges, attempts will be made to reach parents.

“We're looking at, let's contact [the parents] in advance when [students] have three charges on their account,” said Kenton County School District spokesperson Jess Dykes.  “We're not going to wait until they have five charges and then lets have communication with parents.”

The school district also said they have increased the cost of the school meal program for the coming year. Breakfast meals are raised ten cents and lunch meals are raised 25 cents.

9 On Your Side reporter Brian Yocono contributed to this report.

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