Back to School: No Cash Back Policy for W.F.I.S.D.

A new school year means a new policy for Wichita Falls I.S.D. parents and their students when in the lunch line.

It's a "No Cash Back" policy and it's only for elementary and junior high students.

Here is how the "No Cash Back" policy works:

"If a child brings cash to pay for their lunch in the cafeteria line, rather than getting change back from their food, the remaining balance will be added to their account rather than given back to them in change," said Public Information Officer for W.F.I.S.D., Ashley Thomas.

For parents, this policy gives them peace of mind.

"You have $20 and you get $15 back, there's no telling with kids if that money is going to make it back home.  It could probably be lost or stolen during the day.  They [parents] know the money that they're sending with their child to school is going to be applied to their lunch account," said Thomas.

For students it's less money for them to keep up with, for the district it's more helpful to the food personnel.

"It's less for them to give back, so it's a little bit easier.  It's a lot less money handling than what they've had to do in the past," said Thomas.

It's only the second day of the school year and the "No Cash Back" policy has already allowed students additional time to receive their food and more time for them to eat their lunch.

W.F.I.S.D. campus staff and cafeteria managers have also said this policy has increased the efficiency and speed of the serving line.

Wichita Falls school leaders decided to implement this policy after reviewing what worked for other districts across the state.

In addition to the "No Cash Back" policy, W.F.I.S.D. parents also have the option to go to their child's "school bucks" account online and pay with a card to apply money to their account.

Taylor Barnes, Newschannel 6