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									                          Chartwells School Dining Services
                            North Haven Public Schools

The Chartwells Promise:
        Nourishing students is not only our business; it’s our commitment to the communities in
which we serve. Chartwells is a diverse family of dedicated food and nutrition specialists serving
the academic community. We deliver customized solutions that benefit our partners through
innovative programs.
If you have any questions you may contact Janet Kertesz, Director of Dining Services at
203-239-6415.

About School Lunch:
         North Haven Public Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
This program is governed by federal guidelines set by the USDA and monitored by the Child
Nutrition Office of the State Board of Education. School meals are planned to meet the Dietary
Guidelines for Americans and one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for school-aged
children. Our meal offerings encourage students to have a variety of foods. The North Haven
Elementary Schools operate with the traditional food based menu planning with meals having
five components; meat/meat alterative, grain/breads, vegetable/fruits(2) and fluid milk. This
meal package is $2.25. The North Haven Middle School and North Haven High School follow
the traditional food based menu planning and an offer versus serve provision. This allows for
five components of a meal to be offers (meat/meat alterative, grain/breads, vegetable/fruits(2) and
fluid milk) but the student may select at least three and up to five components for a full meal. The
Middle School unit meal price is $2.40. The High School unit meal price is $2.50 - $2.75. Offer
vs. serve achieves two major goals; reduces food waste in school nutrition programs and permits
the students to select only the foods they will consume. There are a variety of meals that can be
put together in many different combinations. We strive to help educate students about good
nutrition with special promotions and monthly healthy messages on the menus and in the
cafeterias.

Point-of-Sale Debit System and Cash Purchases:
         The North Haven Public Schools uses Café Enterprise, a computerized point-of-sale
program where all students have an account set up in the system for purchasing school lunches.
Each student has a personal identification number (PIN) which will access their individual
account. The elementary student’s have a debit card, which is housed in the cafeteria, for their
account. The student’s at the middle school and high school enter their PIN at the registers to
access their account with the school picture appearing for identification and security purposes.
With less cash to handle, the lines move much faster allowing students more time to eat their
lunch. Students may always make purchases with cash. Café Enterprise is a debit system (not a
credit account). Any amount of money may be deposited into the students account. At
mealtimes, the student’s account is charged as they purchase lunch.
Credit Policy:
        Students who do not have funds on their account or money to purchase lunch will be
offered an alternate meal which will provide all required components a USDA school lunch meal.
They will be required to pay back the balance for any unfunded meals. We will send home a
notice as your student charges a meal. Our policy does not permit charging of a la carte items.
For the elementary schools, we will print form letters from the POS system two times per month;
the parameters of this letter will be for any accounts that have $15.00 or less at the time of the
printing. Parents can also monitor their students account by contacting your cafeteria manager to
check their child’s account balances. The best time to call is between 9:00am and 10:30am or
between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. There is no charging of meals or a la carte items at the middle
school or high school; students will be reminded by the cashiers as their account balances get
low.


Year-End Account Balances on POS System:
         All debit account balances (positive or negative) on the Café Enterprise system will be
transferred to the next school year. This applies to all grade levels.
High school seniors and students leaving the North Haven Public Schools system ONLY can get
a refund of monies left in their accounts. The parent must submit a written request form with the
food service office for processing.


Connecticut Nutritional Standards:
         Effective July 1, 2006, the State of Connecticut law restricts beverages that are allowed to
be sold to students in public schools. This law identifies specific categories of beverages and
addresses allowable portion sizes.

          North Haven Public Schools has adopted the Connecticut Healthy Food Certification
program. This program addresses all food items that are sold to students, separately from school
meals, at all times, form all sources, on school premises, during the school day. The Nutritional
Standards focus on limiting fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and added sugar; moderating
portion sizes and promoting increased intake of fruits and vegetable s and whole grains. All
items offered for sale to students, separately from the school meal, must comply with the state
nutritional guidelines. The nutritional office for the state department of education has a listing o
approved a al carte items that schools participating in this program may offer for sale to students;
this list is ever changing as new information is available.


Balanced Choices:
       Chartwells offers healthy choice option with Balanced Choices. We are committed to
making healthy food choices available to the students. Balanced Choices meals offer a healthy
combination of foods and meet precise nutritional guidelines when all featured items are selected.
We offer nutritional messages on monthly menus and in the cafeterias.

Chartwells School Dining Services is please to be in partnership with North Haven Public
Schools and will continue to take a comprehensive approach to the healthy and wellbeing of the
students in our district.

                                                                                    September 2008

								
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