No more tuna-fish sandwiches: Cherry Hill school board looks to end food fight

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The Cherry Hill School Board has given initial approval to a new policy for dealing with students with overdue cafeteria charges.

Among other changes, the revised policy ends the practice of serving only tuna-fish sandwiches to some children who owed $10 or more.

The board met Tuesday and the revised policy means all students will be fed breakfast and lunch, no matter what.

But if they owe $75 or more, students would be barred from ordering a la carte items.

It would bar students from extracurricular activities, including class trips and school dances, including prom until a debt is paid.

They would also get barred from getting a yearbook at high school and middle school levels.

When the controversy began and made national headlines a month ago, social-media commentary included a post from Gov. Phil Murphy on Facebook, saying, “No child should go hungry at school. We are better than this.”

Under the proposed policy, district employees would contact families more frequently by phone or email as meal charges remain unpaid.

Board members are expected to hold a final vote on the policy at their Oct. 15 meeting.

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