Offer versus Serve (OVS) is a system designed to decrease food waste and give students greater flexibility in choosing what they eat for school breakfast or lunch.
If students can make their own food selections, they will more likely eat what they select. We have implemented the Offer vs. Serve system at all of Jefferson County Schools. Your child may be wondering why the cafeteria staff sometimes asks them to take another item. The reason is usually because he/she may not have choosen enough components to qualify for a meal under the Offer vs. Serve guidelines. Students wishing to purchase the planned meal for the meal price, regardless of Free or Reduced status must select a meal that meets the Federal guidelines. If your child refuses to take the required number of components, we are required to charge the higher "a la carte" prices for each item. Below are the Offer vs. Serve guidelines for breakfast and lunch.
General OVS Requirements for Lunch:
·A lunch meal is priced as a unit and is the best value for your money. Each lunch meal must be planned to consist of 5 food components: 1- Meat/Meat Alternate; 2-Grains; 3-Fruits; 4-Vegetables; 5-Fluid Milk
·Students who wish to purchase a lunch meal for the set meal price must take at least ½ cup of Fruit or Vegetable and 2 more full components of the 5 food components offered. This is the minimum under Federal program regulations. If a student wishes, they may choose all five food components offered for the set meal price.
·Students may take smaller portions of the declined food items.
·The meal must be priced as a unit. That is, a student who takes 3, 4, or 5 food items, or smaller portions of some items, pays the same price.
·If a student refuses to take at least ½ cup of Fruit or Vegetable and at least 2 more full components, they will be charged the higher A la Cart pricing instead of the set meal price. This is a requirement under the Federal program regulations.
The school nurse will be our first point of contact. Each nurse will be responsible for following the proper procedures and sending accident reports to the Finance Office within the designated time as noted below. It is important to know that all forms must be completed in full or it may be cause for a delay in worker's compensation benefits to the injured party. Our primary directive is reporting each claim to TN Risk Management Trust in a timely manner.
What should be done if an injury occurs in the workplace.
Forms to be completed and sent to the Finance Office immediately after accident occurs are:
Employer's First Report of Work Injury & Illness
Form C-42G Employee's Choice of Physician
form C-31 Medical Waiver and Consent
Athletic & Student Accident Form (student only)
Fax all forms to the finance Office at 865-397-4537
Procedures to follow are:
Employee is to report all injuries immediately to employer (Nurse).
Employer notification is required by law within 30 days of the date of injury. After 30 days, employee may be barred from seeking workers compensation benefits.
The employer (Nurse) completes a First Report of Injury. Nurse sends the completed form to the Finance Office immediately.
The employer (Finance Office) must file the form with TN Risk Management Trust within 24 hours of knowledge of the injury.
Employer (Nurse offers the employee Form C-42G Employee Choice of Physician which is a panel of doctors for treatment. A signed Form C-42G Employee Choice of Physician must be completed, signed and dated.
The employee selects one of the doctors, who becomes the authorized treating physician and provides treatment at the employer's expense. this completed form offers employer proof that the employee was offered a choice of physicians. A copy of the completed form must be provided to the employee. Nurse sends the original to the Finance Office.
The employer (Finance Office) must keep the original form on file and upon request provide a copy to the Division of Workers' Compensation.
Employer (Nurse) provides the employee with Form C-31 Medical Waiver and Consent. This form allows us as the employer to obtain the medical notes for each doctor appointment.
A completed Form C-31 Medical Waiver and Consent is to be sent to the Finance Office to be kept on file
For Student Injuries use the Athletic & Student Accident Form. Send completed for the the Finance Office.
COPIES OF ALL FORMS ARE FOUND ON THE FINANCE PAGE: "FORMS- WORKER'S COMPENSATION"
You can request that an application be sent home with your student.
It only takes a few minutes to fill out your application. Once the application has been completed, you can send it back to the school with your student. The application will then be sent on to the Student Nutrition office where it will be processed promptly.
Each student has an account set up at the individual schools with a personal Student ID number. Money can be placed on the students personal account by sending cash, check or money order to the students homeroom teacher or to the student nutrition managers.