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Lunch FAQs

How long is my child's lunch period?

What is the policy on my child bringing in peanuts or peanut butter?

Can my high school student leave the building during lunch time?

What is the policy on bringing in snacks, cupcakes, or other items to celebrate a child's birthday?

How are lunch prices set?

What are the governmental recommendations regarding food and wellness?

What are Region 15's policies and regulations regarding the food service department and payments?

How long is my child’s lunch period?

Students have approximately 20 minutes for their lunch period at the elementary and middle school levels, followed by an inside or outside recess period. High school students have approximately 45 minutes for their lunch block.

What is the policy on my child bringing in peanuts or peanut butter?

There is no district-wide policy against nut products, including peanut butter, in Region 15 schools, however the Food Service department does not serve any peanut products due to the increased number of students with nut-related food allergies. Please check with your child’s principal for additional guidance on this matter.

Can my high school student leave the building during lunchtime?

Students may not leave or enter the cafeteria without passes except during passing times. No student is allowed to leave the building during the lunch period.

What is the policy on bringing in snacks, cupcakes, or other items to celebrate a child's birthday?

In the 2010-11 school year, Region 15 implemented a district-wide practice of using non-food items for incentives, rewards, and celebrations during the school day in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students. At the end of the school year, the Administrators and the Superintendent reviewed the practice and were pleased with the outcome.

Over the years, more children were identified with various food allergies. Prepared foods, as well as home-cooked foods, may provide ingredients that could be indirectly or directly harmful to some children. In recent years, we have had a growing number of students with serious and even life threatening food allergies. In addition, with concerns about childhood obesity and the increased frequency of juvenile diabetes, the administrative team and the Superintendent's Office feel the use of non-food rewards is a safer and healthier alternative for our students. To protect children and alleviate the oversight from teachers' growing instructional responsibilities, Region 15 decided to maintain the practice this school year. As always, our main concern is the well being of all students. 

Celebrations are an important part of school culture, especially at the elementary level. Region 15 will continue to recognize student birthdays, holidays, and other significant learning landmarks, however, food will not be part of those celebrations. 

How are lunch prices set?

Lunch prices are set by the Region 15 Board of Education and are adjusted occasionally to reflect the fluctuating costs of food, labor, and medical benefits. The Region 15 lunch program is self-supporting and does not receive any money from the school budget. Federal and state reimbursements along with government commodities help offset the cost of lunches for students.

What are the governmental recommendations regarding food and wellness?

For more information please see the link about the National School Lunch Program.

What are Region 15's policies and regulations regarding the food service department and payments?

Cafeteria rules, online and/or cash payments, and other policies are detailed in the Region 15 Cafeteria Policy document.

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