A group of Tilden Elementary School teachers wrote to tell me about a memo they received this morning (dated yesterday) from their principal, informing them that “as of today,” lunch would not be served to the preschoolers.
It turns out that the newly enforced lunch policy, which came from the district (via state guidelines), is only supposed to apply to preschool children whose program lasts less than two hours. But some of the children in Tilden’s Pre-K program are there for five hours, so today — amid the confusion and apparent lack of notice — the teachers chipped in for a pizza.
Here’s the memo:
To: Pre-K Teachers
From: Rachelle Sallee’
Date: May 6, 2010
Re: Pre-K Teacher
This is to inform you that Pre-K classes will not be served lunch as of today. More information about this matter will be given to you at a later time.
The teachers were concerned, especially since some of the children’s families had paid for their lunches through the end of the year and others qualify for a free lunch. (They will be reimbursed, according to district spokesman Troy Flint.) They wrote:
To top it off, after releasing this memo that our young students wouldn’t get to eat, a group of district administrators meeting on Tilden’s campus had their catered lunch delivered. There seems to be some obvious discrepancies in logic here. The teachers did not let our students go hungry and banded together to order pizza (with our own money) but this situation will not be solved with take-out.
The children in the five-hour program will have lunch — but probably no pizza — on Monday. The district’s food services director plans to inform preschool parents about the change and the reasons behind it then, Flint said.