Utah district explains why $2 lunches were taken

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah school district that came under fire for taking away $2 school lunches from some 40 students whose parents owed money on food accounts are vowing to make systemic changes to ensure it never happens again.

Salt Lake City School District child nutrition department director Kelly Orton delivered a brief, preliminary report on Tuesday night to the school board pinning the incident on violations of procedure and a failure to notify parents that their children’s lunch accounts were empty or in the negative.

‘‘We took food trays away and embarrassed students, and for that I am sorry,’’ Orton’s report said. ‘‘No child will have their meal tray taken away ever again.’’

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