- Menu of the Month December 2016 | January 2017
Income Eligibility Chart
Meal Benefit Application
Odyssey Charter School will continue its online service that will allow you to monitor your children’s meal purchases, track what your children have been eating for the past 30 days, make deposits directly into their meal accounts, and have an email reminder sent to you when an account balance gets low. Student debit account deposits can be made through ACH payments or by credit card. Each child’s account will be updated nightly so that account balance information and payments will be current as of the following day. If you prefer, you may also make your payment directly to the School's Food Service Office by check or cash. To pay by check or cash, please contact Mr. John Koninis.
In order to take advantage of this convenient service, you will need to create a parent account. This requires you to:
- Go to MySchoolAccount.
- Click “Create Account” on the top menu bar.
- Fill in the required information on the “Parent Account Sign-Up page.”
- Choose Odyssey Charter School from the “School District” drop down menu.
- Create a User ID and Password.
- Click the “Accept” box, and then click “Signup.” An email will be sent to your email address that will contain a “verification code.”
- Go to MySchoolAccount and login using your previously created user ID and password.
- Enter the “verification code” to verify your account and email address.
- Begin adding your children’s information according to the guidelines provided. You will need each of your children’s student ID numbers. Your child's ID is a 6 digit number.
- After the students are added you will be able to view the meal account activity and make payments to the student meal account.
- If you have 2 or more students assigned to your account, you may make a payment to each account and only be charged for one transaction. Example; 3 students, $10.00 payment to each student, total charge would be $32.00.
We urge you to take full advantage of this system by making deposits into your children’s accounts on a monthly, or annual basis. You are free to choose the amount of each deposit, however, we ask that you keep a minimum of at least one month funds available. Any money that is not spent by the end of the school year will be available the following school year. If you have any questions about the food service program, please contact the Food Service Office at 302-994-6490 ext 125.
John Koninis II
Food Service Program
Odyssey Charter School is committed to providing well-balanced meals that contribute to the health and well-being of our students. We believe nutrition influences a student’s development, lifelong health, and potential for learning. The meal program provides lunch and breakfast for all of the grades that we serve (Kindergarten thru 9th grade). The meal program is managed in accordance with the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Program (NSLBP), and other policies established by the OCS administration, the Department of Health, and the Delaware Department of Education.
|K-9th grade Breakfast||$1.85|
|Reduced Price Breakfast*||$.30|
|K-9th grade Lunch||$2.95|
|Reduced Price Lunch*||$.40|
** Please make certain there are adequate funds in MySchoolAccount for your child’s à-la-carte purchases
Odyssey Charter School Breakfast for K-9th grade
We offer a grab-and-go style breakfast every morning to be eaten in the classroom. The breakfast meals will consist of a typical healthy breakfast food item, 100% fruit and 2% white milk or skim chocolate milk. The breakfast is based on the National School Breakfast program nutritional guidelines. Our monthly menu will be available on our website.
If you do not want your students to purchase breakfast or lunch, an email or letter needs to be sent to John Koninis, Food Service Coordinator, requesting that OCS is not to provide breakfast or lunch to your student(s). OCS will not turn away any student that wishes to purchase a breakfast or lunch, unless there is a note on file from a parent or guardian.
Odyssey Charter School offers a convenient way for parents to pay for their students’ meals. While we will accept checks as payment on student meal accounts, we strongly encourage parents to take advantage of the online payment system via MySchoolAccount. Online payments will prevent lost or forgotten payments. Once an account is set up on the myschoolaccount.com website, you will be able to view your students’ purchase history and account balance each month. The web-site is secure and easy to use. MySchoolAccount
Notices will be sent home to notify parents when an account shows a negative balance. If you receive such a notice, please pay the past due balance and include additional funds for future purchases.
Please view MySchoolAccount Support for questions.
Payment by Check/Cash
Payment must be made by the required deadline. Checks should be made payable to Odyssey Charter School. Checks/cash payments should be placed in an envelope marked with the following information: For FOOD SERVICE, student name, dollar amount enclosed, and the student’s homeroom number.
One check can be used for more than one child’s order. Please indicate the names and information of all the children on the envelope. Any checks that are returned from the bank with non-sufficient funds, closed account, etc. must be settled immediately. The school is not responsible for money lost, stolen, or used to purchase items other than those offered by our food service.
Meal Benefit Forms
Every school year families will be offered the opportunity to apply for federal assistance for free or reduced priced meals. Children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Children from families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced priced meals.
Applications for free and reduced meals are emailed to OCS families prior to the start of the school year. A new meal benefit form must be completed each school year. Please complete one meal benefit form per household using blue or black ink pen. If your student(s) received free or reduced meal benefits last school year, you are still required to submit another meal benefit form for the current school year. View Meal Benefit Application
Students with an insufficient balance in their accounts will receive a breakfast and or lunch when requested. Parents will receive a notice that food was provided and that payment is due the next school day.
Returned Check Policy
Any check returned for insufficient funds, closed accounts, etc. must be settled immediately with the school. The lunches that were ordered with the check in question may be cancelled if settlement is not completed by the first day of the ordering month.
A letter will be sent to the parent(s)/guardian(s) informing them that the school received notice from the bank regarding a returned check and the amount of money due. Payment is required by cash or money order within three business days after the notice is sent.
If multiple checks are returned from one household, the school will not accept a check as payment for any school activity or program from the parent(s)/guardian(s) for a period of up to one year from the date that the obligation is paid. The meal program coordinator will place a notification on the student’s account instructing the office to not accept checks as payment for meals. If a check is given as payment on a blocked account, the check will be returned to the student and they will be reminded that payment must be received in the form of cash or money order.
Food Service Account Refund Policy
Parent(s)/guardian(s) must submit all requests for refunds to John Koninis. If a student is absent or leaving early, the parent(s)/guardian(s) must notify Mr. Koninis 24 hours in advance so that we may cancel the lunch and issue a meal credit. No cash refunds will be issued. All refunds will be in the form of a check. Parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to complete the State of Delaware’s W9 vendor form in order for the refund to be processed through the state’s financial system in a timely manner.
Special Dietary Needs
Please notify John Koninis, if your student has a special dietary need. If your student has lactose intolerance, lactose-free milk will be provided. For students with food allergies, a doctor’s note detailing the allergy must be provided to the school on or before the first day of school. The school nurse will require an “Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP)” from the student’s doctor. If the student will be eating meals purchased from the school, the Department of Education also requires that a “Statement from Special Diet Prescription” form be completed by the student’s doctor before a special diet is provided.
Severe food allergies will be handled by a collaborative effort between the school nurse and the meal program coordinator. Parents will have an opportunity to meet with these professionals to discuss the feeding of their student. Please contact the school nurse to discuss any special accommodations.
In order for the Food Service program to function efficiently and help us produce the necessary number of meals without wasting food, we ask you to please advise the food service program coordinator of your intent to have your child participate in the meal program. Your quick response will be appreciated.
Declining to participate at this time does not mean that you will not be able to participate in the future.
The food service program will be always available to our students.
If you have questions regarding the Food Service Program, please contact:
Steve Dapias or call 302-994-6490
John Koninis or call 302-994-6490
or Mary Righos or 302-994-6490 ext 475
- Menu of the Month December 2016 | January 2017
Income Eligibility Chart
Meal Benefit Application