Dr. Debra Morris
706-367-5151, ext. 17103
Dr. Debra Morris was named JCSS’s director of nutrition in 2012 with the retirement of the longtime director. She came to Jackson County as assistant principal at Gordon Street Center Regional Evening School and Day Alternative School, then served as principal at Kings Bridge Middle School.
She previously taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Clarke County Schools for 11 years; during that time, she was named Teacher of the Year at Clarke Central and Georgia ProStart Teacher of the Year.
Her undergraduate degree is in home economics, and she earned her master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Georgia.
Jackson County School Nutrition Program is committed to providing high quality meals and services to students and staff in a manner that promotes good health and enhances the learning process.
Please click here for SCHOOL MENUS, detailing what we plan to serve at each school each day.
Please click on the tabs above for the following:
- Frequently-asked questions (FAQs).
- Information on free or reduced-price meals for students who families meet qualifying economic guidelines and details on the online application process.
- Prices and methods of payment, including SchoolPay for online payment options (link at right).
- The JCSS wellness policy and procedures.
- Information about our staff.
The school nutrition program provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch for school children every day. The program provides meals that meet at least two-thirds of the recommended daily dietary allowances. Each day school lunch choices include protein rich entrees, vegetables, fruit, enriched or whole grain breads and cereals, and fat free or low fat milk.
Our department is an extension of the educational process of the school district. It maintains compliance with the federally-funded National School Lunch Act, the Georgia Department of Education, and the Jackson County Board of Education.
Sources of funding include income from students and adults, federal reimbursement for student meals, state funds, and food provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: , and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.
To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA:
- By mail to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- By fax to 202-690-7442.
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Notice for Language and Disability Assistance for the School Nutrition Program
If you have difficulty communicating with us or understanding this information because you do not speak English or have a disability, please let us know. Contact Debra Morris at 706-367-5151 or Free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request.
Spanish – Español:
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Vietnamese – Việt:
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French – Français:
Si vous avez des difficultés pour vous communiquer avec nous ou pour comprendre ce document car vous n’êtes pas anglophone ou parce que vous êtes en situation d’handicap, veuillez nous en informer. Contact Debra Morris at 706-367-5151 or Une assistance linguistique gratuite ou d’autres aides et services sont disponibles sur demande.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/filing-program-discrimination-complaint-usda-customer, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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Children need healthy meals to learn, and the Jackson County School Nutrition Program offers healthy meals every school day.
Your children may qualify for free meals or reduced-price meals — 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.
Privacy is protected because every child who is part of our online payment system uses a personal identification number or PIN, and the source of the funds is not identified.
At full price, breakfast costs $1.45 for students in the elementary schools and $1.55 in the middle and high schools; lunch costs $2.10 in the elementary schools and $2.60 in the middle and high schools. Adults can eat with their children at $2.50 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch.
You also can download packet of information that includes an application for free or reduced-price meal benefits, a set of detailed instructions, and the frequently-asked questions listed below; click here for English or haga clic aquí para el español. Complete the application and return it to your child’s school.
Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.
WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
- All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP or TANF are eligible for free meals.
- Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
- Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?
Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Destiny Silich at 706-367-5151 or email email@example.com.
DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
No. Use one Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Mistene Pruitt, Jackson County Schools, 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, GA 30549.
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Mistene Pruitt at 706-367-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org immediately.
CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Log in to the Infinite Campus parent portal and follow these instructions. Contact Mistene Pruitt at 706-367-5151 or email email@example.com if you have any questions about the online application.
MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through 9/10/18. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price.
I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please send in an application.
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by writing to Dr. April Howard, Superintendent, Jackson County Schools, 1660 Winder Highway, Jefferson, GA 30549, or calling 706-367-5151.
MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals.
WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1,000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work it sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS DON’T HAVE ANY INCOME TO REPORT?
Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application or may not receive income at all. Where this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those also will be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it also mustbe included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Mistene Pruitt at 706-367-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a second application.
MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-877-423-4746.
If you have other questions or need help, call Mistene Pruitt at 706-367-5151 or email email@example.com for more information.
There were no changes to meal prices for the 2018-19 school year.
Breakfast costs $1.45 for students in the elementary schools and $1.55 in the middle and high schools; lunch costs $2.10 in the elementary schools and $2.60 in the middle and high schools. Adults can eat with their children at $2.50 for breakfast or $3.50 for lunch.
Click here for a table that lists meal prices — daily, weekly, monthly, and for 90-day period — for the convenience of those who would like to place money “on account” for their children’s lunches.
Adults also may purchase meals: Breakfast is $2.50; lunch is $3.50.
To get a school meal in the cafeteria, students can:
- Pay cash for a meal.
- Use funds deposited via credit or debit card to an account established through SchoolPay, JCSS’s online vendor for the payment of school fees. If you are unable to establish an account or use an account you already have set up with SchoolPay, please contact Mistene Pruitt at 706-367-5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Apply for assistance available through the free and reduced-price meal program.
- Hunger can affect a child’s behavior and ability to learn. All students are assigned a personal identification number — or PIN — to use with their school cafeteria accounts, and your child’s privacy will be protected.
- Click here for more information to help determine if your child/children qualify for free or reduced-price meal assistance.
- You can now apply online for free and reduced-price meal benefits through the Infinite Campus parent portal by following these instructions.
- You also can complete an application by hand; click here to download the form or ask for a copy of the form at the front office at any of our schools.
- New enrollments to the program can be accepted at any time.
- Applications previously approved must be renewed within the first 30 days of the new school year.
Charge Policy for students and adults
Elementary and middle school students will only be allowed to charge up to five meals. High school students and adults are not allowed to charge any meals.
A charge notice will be sent home with a student each time a meal is charged; if a third notice is sent without outstanding charges being paid, the principal or social worker will be asked to intervene in the collection of the delinquent payments and asses the need for free or reduced-priced meals.
Students will be given an alternative meal if five charges are accumulated without payment. The alternative breakfast meal will consist of toast, a choice of fruit, and a carton of white milk; lunch will consist of a cheese sandwich, a choice of fruit or vegetable, and a carton of white milk; and à la carte items are not permitted.
Payments can be made through our online payment system, School Pay; click here to learn more. You can call the school and ask for the cafeteria to check your current balance. For the 2019-2020 school year, no charges will be accepted after May 8, 2020, so that charges can be cleared before classes end.
Parents may designate that their children can NEVER charge meals, and JCCSS will record those requests in the students’ files.
Parents who apply for free and reduced-price meal assistance are responsible for payment of all school meals and accumulated charges until approval is granted. Federal guidelines allow maximum of 10 days to approve a new application. No child is allowed a free or reduced-price meal without a current, approved application on file. Parents will receive a notification letter of a student’s eligibility showing the effective date. If a notification letter is not received within ten days after application, please call the JCSS school nutrition office at 706-367-5151.
Parents/guardians are responsible for communicating with their children and/or the school nutrition manager or cashier about their child’s account or meal charges.
For more information, contact Dr. Debra Morris, JCSS school nutrition director, or Mistene Pruitt, school nutrition clerk, at 706-367-5151.
Jackson County Wellness Procedures
I. Wellness, Health, Safety & Security Advisory Committee
The system will maintain a Wellness, Health, Safety & Security Advisory Committee to help plan, update, implement, promote and monitor the wellness policy as well as to address other health, safety, and security concerns within the school system.
If you are interested in joining this committee, please send an email to Dr. Debra Morris at email@example.com or John Canup at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for copies of the 2016-2017 meeting agendas and minutes.
Functions of the committee will include:
- Serve as an advisory group regarding student well-being issues.
- Work in conjunction with the school system’s efforts to promote student and employee health and wellness in compliance with state and federal requirements.
- Examine related research and laws, assess student needs and the current school environment, review existing board policies and administrative regulations.
- Collaborate with appropriate community agencies and organizations, and help raise awareness about student health issues.
- Make policy recommendations to the board related to this policy and other policies concerning student wellness and safety and shall periodically review and suggest revisions to this policy.
- Assist in the development of a plan for measuring and assessing implementation of the wellness policy.
- Developing methods to inform and update the public about the content and implementation of the wellness policy.
II. Nutrition Guidelines for School Meals
Meals served through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs will:
- Follow the USDA Healthy Hunger Free-Kids (HHFKA) regulations.
- Be appealing and attractive to children while being served in clean and pleasant settings.
- Meet, at a minimum, nutrition requirements established by local, state, and federal statutes and regulations.
- Encourage the consumption of foods as recommended by the HHFKA, which encourages increasing consumption of a variety of fruits, vegetable, whole grain and low fat/fat free dairy products.
- Plan menus to accommodate the seasonality of local agriculture according to availability of produce from local farmers and school gardens.
- Provide breakfast and lunch meals in accordance with the District’s approved free and reduced-priced meal agreement in compliance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
- Make available guidance to parents and families on foods that provide consistent nutrition messages and as needed for special diets.
- Ensure snack foods and beverages sold to children at school during the school day are USDA Smart Snacks compliant.
- Encourage standards that allow schools to offer healthier snack foods to children and ensure that students are only offered tasty and nutritious foods for al carte sales.
III. Nutrition Education
The District shall teach, encourage, and support healthy eating by students. Schools shall provide nutrition education consistent with federal and state requirements and engage in nutrition promotion aimed at attaining the following goals:
- The nutrition education program shall be interactive and meet state standards and Jackson County School District’s curriculum guidelines
- Emphasize the skills students need to adopt healthy eating habits
- Provide students with consistent nutrition messages throughout the school, classroom, cafeteria, community, and media
- Schools shall conduct nutrition education activities and promotions that involve parents, students and community
- School menus are followed and analyzed using USDA-approved software and cafeteria lines are arranged to promote increased selections of healthy foods and identification of healthy choices
- Teachers will be encouraged to incorporate the school garden as part of curriculum to enrich students learning opportunities by presenting academic projects around food, nutrition, mathematics, science, language arts, and environment
- Promote fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, healthy food preparation methods, and healthy –enhancing nutrition practices
- Promote Farm to School initiatives and supporting nutrition education
IV. Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education
All students in grades K-12 shall have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis. The District shall provide:
- Physical education consistent with federal and state requirements.
- Physical education will be taught by a certified physical education teacher.
- Standards-based program designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote and protect their health.
- Integration of physical activity into the classroom to support student achievement.
- Promotion of physical activities.
- Physical education resources readily available for students and teachers.
- Encourages physical activity outside the school day (before and after school day).
- Teachers and other adults in the school setting who serve as role models for students by participating in wellness programs.
- Recreational facilities that are safe, clean, and accessible for all students.
- Opportunities for physical activity that are not withheld as punishment.
- Encouragement to provide recess in PK-5 prior to lunch.
The school district shall not be held liable for personal injury that may be incurred while using district properties.
V. Employee Wellness
Jackson County Schools ensures all certified and classified employees averaging over 30 hours per week have access to health insurance with provisions that have the potential to:
- Promote healthy behaviors.
- Improve employees’ health knowledge and skills.
- Help employees get necessary health screenings, immunizations, and follow-up care.
VI. Other School Based Activities
In addition to the standards discussed above, the system adopts the following goals for school-based activities designed to promote wellness:
- Schools will provide a clean and safe meal environment.
- Students will be provided adequate time to eat meals.
- Drinking water will be available at all meal periods and throughout the school day.
- School fundraising shall be encouraged to offer healthy food choices or non-food sale items.
- To the extent possible, the school system will utilize available funding and outside programs to enhance student wellness.
- Food will not be used in the schools as a reward or punishment.
- Only foods and beverages meeting district nutrient standards or Smart Snacks compliant are sold in vending machines throughout school campuses. The sale of foods of minimum nutritional value is banned.
- As appropriate, the goals of the wellness policy will be considered in planning all school-based activities.
- Administrators, teachers, school nutrition personnel, students, parents or guardians, and community members will be encouraged to serve as positive role models to promote student wellness.
- Qualified nutrition personnel will manage and administer the School Nutrition Program. Professional development will be provided for school system nutrition staff in compliance with USDA Professional Standards for All School Nutrition Programs. Staff development programs should include appropriate certification and/or training programs for District School Nutrition Director, managers, and school nutrition assistants according to their level of responsibility.
VII. Policy Compliance
Implementation and Monitoring
The superintendent or designee will ensure the compliance and implementation with the wellness policy throughout the district. School principals shall be responsible for communicating the contents of the policy as well as implementing the policy in their respective schools.
Principals shall report on their compliance as directed by the superintendent.
The School Nutrition Director for Jackson County Schools shall be responsible for the nutritional component of the policy and shall be the functional expert in school nutrition matters, ensure compliance with nutrition staff and oversee the daily operation of the District’s School Nutrition Program.
Assessments will be repeated every three to five years in order to review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As a part of that review, the district will review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; nutrition and physical education policies and program elements.
The district, and individual schools within the district, will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate the implementation.
Five members of the Jackson County School System’s School Nutrition Department were honored with the annual Shining Star awards in May 2018 . From left are Alice Alexander, Mary Helen Richardson and Gracelyn Jones; Pam Comer and Brandy Moon also were recognized for “contributions toward the continued success of the Jackson County School Nutrition Program.” The awards were presented by Dr. Debra Morris, who directs the program.
East Jackson Elementary School
Dan Morris, Manager
Phone: 706-336-7900 ext. 28700
Gum Springs Elementary School
Brandy Moon, Manager
Phone: 706-654-5580 ext. 26701
Maysville Elementary School
Cathy Anglin, Manager
Phone: 706-652-2241 ext. 14700
North Jackson Elementary School
Jackie Kidd, Manager
Phone: 706-693-2246 ext. 15700
South Jackson Elementary School
Jennifer White, Manager
Phone: 706-543-8798 ext. 18700
West Jackson Elementary School
Juanisha Stockton, Manager
Phone: 706-654-2044 ext. 27700
East Jackson Middle School
Ervin Reeder, Manager
Phone: 706-335-2083 ext. 19700
West Jackson Middle School
Michelle Dinnerman, Manager
Phone: 706-654-2775 ext. 23700
East Jackson High School
Vickey Minish, Manager
Phone: 706-336-8900 ext. 29700
Jackson County High School
Sandra Brown, Manager
Phone: 706-367-5003 ext. 13700
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Website visitors were asked to complete the most recent JCSS Wellness Survey between Nov. 17, 2017, and Jan. 4, 2018. Click here to view the results.