School bans students with lunch debt from prom, field trips

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NEW JERSEY (WTVO) — A school in New Jersey is banning students with lunch debt from attending prom or going on field trips.

According to ABC News, a policy was recently passed by the Cherry Hill School District prohibiting students who owe more than $75 in lunch payments from “participating in extracurricular activities, purchasing tickets for school dances including proms, attending class trips including the Senior Trip, and purchasing a yearbook.”

The policy was approved at a board of education meeting on Tuesday.

The school district amassed $14,343 in unpaid lunch debt last year, from more than 300 students, according to NJ.com.

“Money is certainly something that we have to deal with. That’s our world, but that’s not the most important thing that we’re addressing in terms of the policy and the work that’s being done,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Meloche said. “It’s about supporting children and supporting families … sometimes the right thing is not the easy thing to do.”

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