The State of Texas Legislature passed HB 3562 which indicates the following:

If a school district allows students to use prepaid meal cards or accounts to purchase school meals, the district must establish a grace period during which a student is able to charge meals after the prepaid funds are exhausted.

If students exhaust their meal account, there is a grace period during which the student can charge meals to his/her account.

Elementary and Middle School students may charge up to 3 meals.

High School students may charge up to 2 meals.

Charges must be paid in full before a regular meal is offered. Once the charge limit is reached, if the account is not replenished, the student will receive a courtesy meal.

  • Elementary School Courtesy Meal: Cheese or peanut butter and jelly sandwich, milk and one vegetable
  • Middle School & High School Courtesy Meal: Daily featured salad and milk

Low and negative balance letters and emails will be sent to notify the household. Automatic phone calls will also be administered to households with negative balances. Parents and guardians may also set up low balance reminders at