BUSINESS AND NON-INSTRUCTIONAL OPERATIONS
Food Service -- Responsibilities and Duties -Principals
I. General Responsibilities of all Principals
1. Responsible for issuing the letter and application for free and reduced price meals to parents.
2. Will review applications and make determinations of eligibility. He will use the criteria outlined in the Principal’s Handbook on Food Service to determine which individual children are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
3. Responsible for distribution of free and reduced price meal tickets in accordance with guidelines for methods of collection as provided in the Principal’s Handbook on Food Service.
4. Responsible for dining room supervision during periods of meal service.
5. Responsible for custodial activities relating to cleanliness of dining areas.
6. Competitive Food Sales
Any sale of food items must have prior approval of the director of food and nutrition services to guarantee compliance with established health standards and to avoid reduced participation in the nutritional food service program sponsored by the St. Louis Board of Education. Sales contrary to this rule could jeopardize the federal food service program and are unauthorized by the City of St. Louis, division of health.
Any food items prepared or serviced on site or pre-prepared at other locations and sold to students by staff members and other unauthorized persons are not permitted.
This practice is in violation of the City of St. Louis Food Control Ordinance 63699 and will not be tolerated.
Any food operation conducted anywhere on the premise without the approval of the health authorities is prohibited.
All schools are inspected, and these inspections are conducted only in areas designated for food handling and preparation. Any other food sales in a non-inspection area is prohibited.
B. Elementary Schools
There are to be no soda machines, fruit drinks, snacks, or candy sales in the elementary schools on a daily basis. Special fund-raising bake sales, etc. may be an exception and must be approved by the director of food and nutrition services. Special sales shall be offered only after the lunch period. The sales cannot be conducted during breakfast or lunch.
Soda machines for faculty should be in an area designated for adult employees only.
Preschool and kindergarten children placed in middle school facilities are subject to the same regulations as elementary schools.
C. Middle Schools
The snack bar program is available only through the division of food and nutrition services. A request for snack bar service provided by the division of food and nutrition services should be made by the principal to the director of food and nutrition services. No independent snack bars are to be set up and operated. (Note: general regulation by the city health department. Foods served in snack bars must have at least the minimal nutrition requirements of the USDA regulations.)
Special fund-raising events may be an exception and must be approved by the director of the division of food and nutrition services. Special sales shall be offered only after the lunch period and not on a daily basis. These sales cannot be conducted during the breakfast or lunch periods.
No food items will be sold during breakfast or lunch in competition with the nutrition program provided by the division of food and nutrition services.
Any sale of food items should be for a special fundraising event only and is not to be conducted on a daily, ongoing basis.
No soda sales are allowed in the cafeteria area during breakfast or lunch.
Independent snack bars or food service other than that operated by the division of food and nutrition services are not allowed.
II. Responsibilities of Elementary Principals
1. Receipt and accountability of money.
2. Recommendation for hiring of food service casual employees.
3. Completion and submission of reports as outlined in Principal’s Handbook on Food Service.
Legal: City of St. Louis Food Control Ordinance 63699
Revised: February 9, 1999