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Preschool enrollment is available to residents of the Margaretta Local School District. Parents must complete an application that is dated as they are received. Children are accepted by age and date of application. In the event that the program has reached its capacity, your child's name will be placed on a waiting list until such time there is an opening in the program. The 2017-2018 preschool classes are full at this time. To be put on a waiting list for future school years, please complete and return the Preschool Waiting List Application.
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LUNCH & BREAKFAST PRICES
Margaretta High and Middle School Lunch - $3.00
Margaretta High and Middle School Breakfast - $1.50
Margaretta Elementary School Lunch - $2.60
Margaretta Elementary School Breakfast - $1.50
Reduced Lunch - $.40 (must qualify)
Reduced Breakfast - $.30 (must qualify)
Extra Milk - $.50
Breakfast is offered to all students in Margaretta Local Schools. The cost of breakfast is $1.60. If you are a student that receives free or reduced priced lunches, those same benefits apply for breakfast. Reduced price breakfast is .30 and students eligible for free meals will receive both lunch and breakfast at no charge. Breakfast is served each morning in the school's cafeteria before classes begin.
FREE & REDUCED PRICE MEALS
Applications for free and reduced price meals are available for download on this website. Please complete one application per family and return with your child to school or you may mail it to the Board of Education Office, 305 S. Washington Street, Castalia, Ohio 44824; attention Sarah Ransom, Food Service Director. Applications must be submitted every year to continue on the program. If the application is approved, your child(ren) will begin to receive or continue to receive free or reduced price meals from the date of approval. A letter will be sent home notifying you of your child's meal status. Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year if your family financial circumstances change. All information submitted to the school is kept confidential. There is no discrimination or identification of free or reduced price paying students. We urge all families to consider filling out an application.
2017-2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications can be filled out any time throughout the school year if your income or family size changes.
FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
We participate in the Farm to School Program where farm-fresh foods are incorporated into ur schools' menus. Thank you to our local farmers who participate. We also celebrate our state with an All Ohio Day menu where all foods offered that day for lunch are products of Ohio.
OUR CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
The Food Service department provides both breakfast and lunch at Margaretta High School and Margaretta Elementary. Margaretta's Food Service Program provides wholesome, nutritious meals while keeping in mind students preferences. School lunch meets 1/3 of the Recommended Daily Allowances set byNational School Lunch Program. In January 2008 the Department of Safety, Health and Nutrition after completing an audit of Margaretta's Food Service Program commended the staff on the "great job of meeting recommended daily allowances for iron, calcium, vitamins A and C as well as meeting the target levels for saturated fat and total fat". An Honorable Mention Stellar award for best nutrition practices was awarded to Margaretta's Food Services department in October 2011 from the Ohio Department of Education. We continually introduce new items that students should find fun and nutritious. Whole grains along with fresh fruits and vegetables are among the many choices offered to students every day for breakfast and lunch. Our goal is to serve a wholesome, nutritious meal everyday to every student at a moderate cost and the smiles are free!
COMPUTERIZED "MEALS PLUS" SYSTEM
Our schools have a computerized Meals Plus system. Each student has his or her own account regardless of free, reduced or paid status. The benefits of this system are students will not have to bring money to school everyday. You may pay by the week, month or longer if you prefer. This system provides a better method of protecting the confidentiality of free and reduced price students. This system also provides an excellent audit trail of all transactions. It also allows for faster and smoother serving lines enabling students to enjoy their lunch and free time with their friends. Meal pre-payments on student's accounts carry over year to year and school to school. Checks need to be made out to Margaretta Local Schools. Please write your child's name in the memo part of your check. Please send separate checks for each student unless they are in the same building. Please contact the school cashier or the food service office if you need specific information or have concerns about your child's account.
CAFETERIA POLICIES & PROCEDURES
I. Lunch Charge Policy
Cafeteria policy for elementary school students limits students to three charged lunches. A letter is sent home after the first charged lunch or when the account is $1.00 negative. A second letter is sent home after the second charged lunch. A third letter is sent home after the third charged lunch. After three lunches are charged and their accounts have a negative balance, the students will not receive the published lunch. These students will receive a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk until their negative balance is paid in full. Students with an allergy to peanuts will receive a cheese sandwich. Students with any negative amount are not allowed to purchase a la carte items, including milk. To notify parents having a negative balance, the following procedure will be in effect immediately. A free and reduced lunch form will accompany notification of the third lunch charged. Parents will have five (5) days to satisfy the balance, return a completed free or reduced lunch form or make other arrangements with the building principal. If no attempt has been made to satisfy the account or provide for the child's lunch within five (5) days, the building principal will notify Children's Services. Students at Margaretta Middle School are not allowed to charge lunches. A student who does not have enough money on their account for lunch will be asked to call home to notify the parent(s).The child will be allowed to purchase lunch that day only. The next day, if money is not received on their account, they will be given a peanut butter sandwich and a carton of milk until their negative balance is paid in full. Students with any negative amount are not allowed to purchase a la carte items, including milk. Students at Margaretta High School are not allowed to charge lunches.
II. Blocks on Accounts
A parent may call the school cafeteria or the Food Service Director to place a block on their child's account to prohibit the purchase of a la carte items.
III. Checks Returned for NonSufficient Funds
When a check is returned to the Treasurer's Office for NSF, the parent will be notified by phone call or email and the amount plus an NSF fee will be reversed from the student's lunch account. Payment for the NSF check must be in the form of cash, cashier's check, or money order. Payment must be received within ten (10) days of the notification. If payment is not received, it will be turned over to a collection service.
Withdrawn Student - For any student who is withdrawn, a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. An email request is also acceptable.
V. Balances Owed at End of Year
All accounts must be settled at the end of a school year. Letters will be sent home approximately four to five days before the last day of school to for elementary students whose accounts are low. Balances over $1.00 may result in grade cards being held until the balance is paid in full. Balances may be checked or paid at any time at K12payment center.
VI. Unclaimed Funds
All refunds must be requested within one year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Margaretta Local Schools cafeteria.
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Margaretta Transportation proudly transports 1,200 students daily. We have a total of 24 buses. We run 19 morning routes, 3 mid-day routes and 19 afternoon routes. We transport for our local vocational and parochial schools, and this year have also picked up a route for our local Townsend Community School. We are looking forward to another safe and outstanding school year with some great students!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I move during the school year, how do I change my child's bus stop?
You should contact Margaretta Board of Education at the earliest notice. They can be reached at (419)684-5322.
If the bus is late, will my child be marked tardy?
No. Students are not marked tardy if their school bus arrives to school late.
Do buses have radios so the driver can be contacted or call for help?
Yes, all school buses are equipped with two way radios that contact the transportation office, and the local police department.
Whom should I call if my child is having a problem with the driver or with another student on the bus?
You can contact the Margaretta Transportation Office at (419) 684-7714.
Do school buses have bus assistants?
Bus assistants are provided for students with disabilities based on individualized education requirements.
What responsibilities does the bus driver have while transporting children?
The driver is responsible for transporting students to and from school, safely and on time. This responsibility includes: operation of the vehicle, supervision of boarding and discharge, supervision of students while they ride the bus, reporting safety and behavior incidents to the principal, and, if applicable, being sure that seat belts, child restraint systems, or wheelchair securement systems are in place.
Is the driver allowed to leave small children at a bus stop if no adult is there to meet the child?
Currently, as a general rule, students in kindergarten through grade 12 can exit the school bus if no adult is there to meet them. Pre-school (3-4 year old) students cannot be left at a bus stop if there is no adult there to meet them. If the parent desires, they can be responsible for someone to meet the child every day. Parents are asked and encouraged to wait with students at bus stops and meet students at drop off.
If a student appears afraid or unwilling to be left at the stop, the student should communicate this to the driver and the driver will keep the student on the bus and continue on the route until a parent can be contacted. Parents should make sure their children are familiar with the surroundings at their bus stop and know the safest route to walk home if no one is there to meet them.
How many students are allowed on each bus?
This varies according to the size of the school bus. Full-size buses can accommodate up to 65-72 students. Everyone must be seated and there is no standing in the aisle allowed.
Transportation Department Responsibilities:
• Route, schedule and tier school buses in adherence with Federal, State and local guidelines so that all students eligible for transportation are given access to safe, adequate and economical bus transportation.
• Establish bus stop locations in adherence with State and local policies.
• Address concerns from parents, school administrators, bus drivers, contractors and the motoring public regarding the operation of Margaretta Local Schools.
• Provide screening and training to ensure Margaretta Local School bus drivers and assistants are highly qualified.
• Establish and enforce transportation procedures, regulations and rules.
• Inspect all buses in accordance with Federal, State and Local statutes and regulations.
• Provide data regarding school bus number and general route information to parents through schools and local newspapers. This data is provided in mid August every year. Pick up and drop off times are estimates only and are subject to change.
• Follow the designated route time and schedule.
• Pick up and discharge students at approved stops only.
• Ensure the bus is in safe operating condition.
• Maintain a safe and orderly environment on the school bus.
• Inform students of behavioral expectations.
• Report unacceptable school bus behavioral violations to the school administrator as necessary.
• Drive the bus in a safe, professional manner.
• Arrive at the bus stop five minutes before pick-up time.
• Walk safely to the bus stop and wait in a safe manner away from traffic.
• Respect the right of property owners while walking to or waiting at the bus stop.
• Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop prior to approaching the bus.
• Watch your step and use the handrail when getting on and off the bus.
• Board in an orderly manner, without pushing or shoving, at your stop or at school.
• Take your assigned seat promptly and remain seated for your ride to and from school.
• Sit in the seat facing front; keep your feet, books and other articles out of the aisle.
• Keep your hands and head inside the bus.
• Speak quiet and respectfully to your bus driver and other students.
• Do not damage any part of the bus and report any damage that you see to the driver.
• Do not eat, drink, smoke or use vulgar language.
• Do not tamper with any of the bus' equipment or controls.
• Remain quiet and orderly so the driver is not distracted from the important job of driving.
• Do not throw any object on the bus or outside the bus.
• Listen to the bus driver's instructions.
• Wait until the bus has come to a complete stop before leaving your seat.
• Cross ten feet in front of the bus with the warning lights when crossing in front of the bus.
• Always look left, right, left to check for traffic before crossing any street, even when crossing in front of the bus with its red warning lights activated.
Each parent has a definite role in the safe and efficient operation of a school's transportation system. If the transportation program, as a whole, is to function effectively, the parents must assume their responsibilities to the program and extend cooperation and support to the people charged with its operation.
Parents should be aware that the privilege to ride a school bus may be temporarily or permanently revoked if the "Transportation Rules for Students" are violated.
Parents are responsible for the safety of their children from the time they leave home in the morning until the time they board the school bus and, at the end of the school day, from the time the school bus departs the bus stop and the children reach home. Once the child enters the school bus, the responsibility lies with the bus driver and the school administration.
In order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the student transportation program, parents must also accept the responsibilities to:
1. Cooperate with the school authorities and the school bus driver in promoting safe and efficient services for all passengers.
2. Insist upon good behavior on the part of their children while riding the school bus.
3. Insist that their children occupy the seats which have been assigned to them.
4. Instruct their children as to their responsibility for damages caused to the property of others, including the school bus.
5. Inform their children that they should arrive at the designated school bus stop five (5) minutes before the scheduled arrival time of the school bus.
6. Make suggestions to the school principal or to the Director of Transportation for improvements in the transportation program.
7. Walk with younger children to and from the school bus stop, using this opportunity to teach the children proper pedestrian practices. If the parents cannot accompany their children, arrangements should be made, if possible, for older children (brothers, sisters, or neighbors) to escort the younger children to and from the school bus stop or school.
8. Encourage their children to obey all traffic rules, signs, and signals.
9. Set an example for their children by their own safety practices.
10. Parents are not allowed to board the school bus under any circumstances.
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The School Spirit program is designed to provide schools an opportunity to raise money for supplies, extracurricular activities and other needs within their school. The program is co-sponsored by the Sandusky Mall and Ohio Business College. Every dollar spent at the mall and surrounding out parcels equates to one point, with the exception of double points week.
The first session of School Spirit is January 1-June 30, and the second sesion is July 1-December 31. $5000 total is given away each session; first place is $2500, second place is $1500 and third place is $1000. This free money is to use for whatever benefits our schools.
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The MARGARETTA LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT will deliver an education that supports academic achievement, in a safe environment, that provides the knowledge and skills needed to be college and career ready.