The Board of Education reviewed and discussed two new mandated policies during its Sept. 6 meeting. The policies pertain to food service charging and bus driver drug and alcohol testing, and is on the board\u2019s\u00a0 Sept. 20 agenda for approval. Cafeteria meal charging The Food Service Charging policy (No. 3542.43) would \u201callow students to charge cafeteria meals on occasions when they do not have money on hand to cover costs.\u201d The Wilton Public School District uses the Nutrikids point-of-sale prepayment system, which allows students\u2019 parents and guardians to view their account balances and purchases, receive low-balance alerts, and make deposits. When credit is extended to a student with insufficient funds, repayment will be expected \u201cin an expeditious manner,\u201d according to the policy. Under the new policy, students will be able to charge up to a balance of -$9. \u201cWhen that limit is reached,\u201d the policy states, \u201calternative meals will be provided until outstanding charges are paid in full.\u201d The policy defines an alternative meal as \u201cany meal served to a student that is different from the day's advertised reimbursable meal.\u201d The policy states that efforts made by the school district to \u201crecover money owed due to the charging of meals must not have a negative impact on the students, and should focus solely on adults in the household.\u201d This policy is separate from the district\u2019s participation in the National School Lunch Program and the federal and state programs that provide for no-cost or reduced-price lunches. Testing for bus drivers According to the Drug and Alcohol Testing for Bus Drivers policy (No. 4212.42), bus service contracts approved by the school district \u201cshall include assurances that the contractor will establish and actively enforce a drug- and alcohol-testing program that meets the requirements of federal and state mandates\u201d and the district\u2019s policy. The contracts must also \u201cstipulate\u201d that results from such testing will be made available to the school district. The Board of Education\u2019s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m.