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Posted on October 14, 2019 2:47 am
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Carla Crumb
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Lunch Money
I saw a child standing in the hallway crying because he didn't have his lunch money says left it on the counter at home is it appropriate for me as a teacher to buy that child a lunch?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 14, 2019 3:49 pm

uqaTaq
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This is up to the discretion of the teacher. One option would be to provide that child with a snack from your classroom, rather than giving money. Teachers should be careful to avoid doing this often and publicly, because you do not want this to become an expectation of you from students. If this becomes a repeated issue with that student, I would reach out to the family.
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sygaru
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I agree with this. Discretion is important because kids will learn to become reliant on the teacher. I personally would reach out to the parents after the third time, just to set a definite number on the case.
  Posted on: February 25, 2020 8:18 am

yperyH
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I think this is a great solution. Something to add might be allowing the student to get a lunch and pay for it later without the student understand the situation fully.
  Posted on: July 1, 2020 9:40 pm

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Solution 2
Posted October 15, 2019 1:08 am

Myria Coure
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As for myself I could never see a child hungry and not help. If the child doesn't eat how can he/she perform on an empty stomach. Anything could have happened such as a busy morning and the parent might have forgot to give the child money. I would just send the parent an email telling them about the situation. I would let them know you paid for the lunch as well because you could not let the child not eat. Let them know it's no big deal you know situations happen and you just wanted to keep them informed. I would also remind the parent that they can pay for lunches online. I know most schools offer a peanut butter and Jelly sandwiches for children who forgot lunches or lunch money as well.
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nuXuma
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This seems like a wonderful course of action making sure to contact the parent in a way that doesn't put them on edge is great.
  Posted on: October 19, 2019 7:21 pm

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Solution 3
Posted February 19, 2020 6:26 pm

Nicole Morris
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If I saw a child crying because he forgot lunch money, I would be sure to follow the school policy regarding this issue. Most schools will have a set plan in place to remedy this situation because it is probably a common issue. Before providing snacks or food to any student, teachers need to be aware of what can and cannot be offered to the child regarding and possible allergies or restrictions.
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Posted February 19, 2020 6:53 pm

ehaJaT
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There are policies at each school to address this situation. It is difficult seeing someone deprived of the basic human needs for survival, so I would assume most adults would find a way to get the student food. It is important to keep in mind, medical conditions could prevent some students from eating certain things. Before the student eats, the adult must be sure the food is appropriate.
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sygaru
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I like how you keep food allergies in mind. It's very important to consider any kind of food allergies because you do not want to hurt the student.
  Posted on: February 25, 2020 8:19 am

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Solution 5
Posted February 23, 2020 2:50 pm

Nykisha Davis
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You could buy the student lunch, but I would take the student to the cafeteria and make the cafeteria staff aware of the situation and they will feed that student. They send home letters to inform the parents that student did not pay for lunch and the parent can send the money in the next day.
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Solution 6
Posted February 17, 2020 5:55 pm

Desiree Boyd
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This is up to the teacher, their is no issue at all, but I would also write a note for the parent about the student forgot his lunch money.
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Solution 7
Posted February 19, 2020 6:54 pm

ehaJaT
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There are policies at each school to address this situation. It is difficult seeing someone deprived of the basic human needs for survival, so I would assume most adults would find a way to get the student food. It is important to keep in mind, medical conditions could prevent some students from eating certain things. Before the student eats, the adult must be sure the food is appropriate.
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Solution 8
Posted February 23, 2020 7:16 pm

ePegej
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I would first go to the office and talk to the administration to see if there is anything they can do. Or I would have some snacks available for students who need it. I personally wouldn't buy the student lunch because I wouldn't want to make a habit of it or make it unfair for the other students.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2020 12:18 am

Samantha Mayhew
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Ultimately, it is up to you whether you want to buy the student's lunch. I would tell the student that you will give them some money to pay for their lunch and to not tell their classmates because they might feel like you are "playing favorites". I personally plan on having some snacks ready for students to have in this situation or if their parents don't have enough money for lunch. But this depends on the teacher.
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Solution 10
Posted February 24, 2020 10:11 pm

XuBety
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I think that it is as long as there is a note sent home with the student to give to the family saying they forgot their lunch money so you provided it for them.
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Solution 11
Posted February 19, 2020 9:04 pm

TOliver
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I as his teacher would not pay for his lunch,other students are watching and waiting for the response you will give.Just like a muffin or candy another student will forget their money the next day an expect you their teacher to provide money for them. When a student does not have any money or has forgotten their money at home the school cafeteria provides them with a credit slip. That slip allows them to get a lunch and reminds their parents to pay or set up an account if the student frequently forgets money. The cafeteria will not allow a student to go hungry.
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