State law establishes a policy regarding unpaid meal charges that prohibits shaming and/or denying meals.
Code of State Rules 126-86-14. Rewards and Penalties
14.1. LEA are prohibited from penalizing students due to unpaid and/or outstanding meal debt. This includes, but is not limited to: denial of meals, prohibition of participating in extracurricular activities, the denial of participation in graduation, and/or the refusal of transcript requests. Students shall not be denied a meal or served an alternative meal as a result of unpaid meal debt. All communication addressing financial matters shall be directed to parents/guardians. Practices, including but not limited to, putting stickers or wristbands on children to remind parents/guardians to pay unpaid fees, are prohibited. Schools are prohibited from identifying or stigmatizing students with meal debt or requiring them to complete chores or work in exchange for meals.