Breakfast & Lunch Program
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide breakfast and lunch for their children. Proper nutritional intake is essential for adequate learning to occur. It is the policy of STEP Academy to offer breakfast and lunch. The STEP Academy School Nutrition Department strives to produce quality meals at a reasonable cost.

All children in school can participate in the school breakfast program on a daily basis. The cost of a full paid breakfast meal is $1.90. All children in school can participate in the school lunch program on a daily basis. The cost of a full paid lunch meal is $2.90.

Menus are available in the office and posted on the website. Students may bring cold lunches from home. STEP Academy is a closed campus. This means that all students will remain on the school grounds for the entire school day and will not be able to leave the building to go get food.

Payments for Breakfast & Lunch Program
Students may purchase meals anytime. Families are required to pre-pay by depositing funds into their children’s account(s) or by cash payment. Pre-payment of meals is required on all lunch accounts. A schedule of meals costs per month is provided to be paid monthly in advance. Free and reduced price meals are available to students who qualify. Households may apply for free/reduced meals any time before or during the school year.

A balance statement for student meal accounts will be sent to the parent/guardian at the beginning of each month. If at any time during the month the account balance is $ 0.00 a reminder will be sent. If payment is not made, a 2nd notice will be given in the lunch room and hand will be stamped. If the account is overdue $-5.70 for full paid/ $-2.00 Reduced is still not paid, the account will refer to the main office for further action.

Dietary Restrictions
Peanut free and lactose meals are available upon request. To comply with the dietary requirements of the majority of the student body, all food served at STEP Academy is pork free. Other food restrictions will try to be accommodated upon request.

Snacks/Special Occasions
On rare occasions, classroom teachers may have parties in their classrooms where students may be snacks or beverages to share. This will be done on a very limited basis and families will be notified in advance.

Candy and Chewing Gum
In order to limit the distraction and mess caused by these items, candy and chewing gum shall not be brought to school or consumed within school. Use of candy during classroom celebrations and special occasions, if deemed permissible by the classroom teacher, may be allowed. Chewing gum may not be permitted under any circumstances.

Soda & Pop
Carbonated beverages shall not be brought to school or consumed within school.