ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Public Schools now guarantee that all students will receive a hot meal and that they’re not shamed for the inability to pay for it.
The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2ycOisg ) that the school board policy committee agreed on Wednesday to comply with the Hunger Free Students Bill of Rights Act, the state law that took effect this summer prohibiting schools from publicly identifying or stigmatizing children with unpaid cafeteria bills.
The district policy states that schools “shall not deny a student food at any mealtime or engage in shaming of the student” who is unable to pay food served in cafeterias.
Students with unpaid cafeteria accounts previously received a cheese sandwich instead of a hot meal.
District administrators are still figuring out how it’s going to be funded.
Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com