Washoe elementary students won't get lesser lunches for unpaid fees

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A school district in Nevada has decided not to punish students with overdue lunch accounts by feeding them lesser meals.

The Washoe County School Board decided against the policy Tuesday. The district has $66,700 in unpaid lunch fees and fears families are taking advantage of the fact their kids will be fed by the district either way.

The proposal would have cut off elementary school students with a balance of $13.50 or more from a typical pizza, taco or chicken-nugget lunch. The kids would have instead been fed a cheese sandwich, milk and fruits or vegetables for $1.

The board had voted no to the policy because it feared differentiating meals could shame students.

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