School Debt Policy for Parents as from 01/04/19
Leopold School has adopted a strict NO DEBT policy relating to the school meal service, school clubs and school trips. If debts are incurred, then the school budget has to pay for them. This means that money which should be spent on the children’s education is used to pay for debts incurred by parents. Every parent will agree that this is unacceptable and we request that all parents give this policy their full support. No parent would take their child to a restaurant and expect them to be given food without paying; the same applies at school.
If parents believe that their children may qualify for entitlement to free school meals they should visit www.fsm.lgfl.net to register and complete the eligibility checker.
This allowance is a statutory right and it is important that you use it if you qualify. Help is available with your application either at the school office or by contacting any of the above numbers.
Parents must pay in advance for school meals, clubs and trips using any of the methods of payment outlined below:
- Online using ParentPay THIS IS OUR PREFERRED METHOD
- Come to the school office and pay using a credit / debit card
Children will not be provided with a school lunch unless it is paid for, except those that are entitled to free school meals.
If a parent genuinely forgets to pay in advance for any of the above, the school may grant a debt allowance of one meal or permission to attend one club/trip. However this debt must be paid the next day and future meals and fees must be paid in advance before any additional services are taken.
In a case when a debt payment is not received nor a packed lunch provided, the head teacher will phone the parent to ask them to come to school with the money or ask them to pay online immediately. Otherwise they must provide a packed lunch before lunch time/arrange alternative childcare outside of school hours.
If payment of the debt is not received by the next day, the Headteacher reserves the right to begin legal proceedings against parents to recover the debt.
Social services may also be informed that these parents are not carrying out the responsibility of care by not providing food for their children at lunchtime or arranging for them to be dropped off and collected on time.
We hope that by implementing this debt policy we are able to help parents manage school dinner money and club/trip fees better and at the same time ensure that all money that is for children’s learning is available. If you have any concerns please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Executive Head Teacher