PCA Dining Program
PCA is pleased to introduce a new Dining Service for the Plano Campus for the 2018-19 school year. The Dining Plan is community-inclusive, so all students will participate and be able to take advantage of the meals provided.
We are proud to announce a new partnership with SAGE Dining, the premier school dining provider. SAGE uses organic and locally sourced produce whenever possible to support sustainable practices and feels strongly about fostering community at PCA through healthy dining.
PCA and SAGE Dining are working to craft a comprehensive program with student safety and satisfaction in mind. Daily offerings will satisfy most dietary needs, including nut-free and gluten-free, and students will have the opportunity to create a meal tailored to them. There will be procedures in place to alert parents and students of potential allergens and an executive chef will assist in the preparation of food, assuring recipes are followed according to directions with no added ingredients.
- What is "community-inclusive dining"?
- How much will the Dining Fee be for my student?
- Is there any kind of financial assistance with the new lunch program?
- What about allergies?
- My child is a picky eater - what will there be for them to eat?
- Can parents come and eat lunch with their students?
- Will seniors still eat at Main Street and/or have off-campus lunch?
- Will there be a difference in the food offerings between the LS cafeteria and the MS/US cafeteria?
- How will PreK and Kindergarten students be served unlimited seconds from the classrooms?
With community-inclusive dining, students pay a flat fee for dining services in addition to tuition, which entitles them to full participation in the SAGE Program. Students are served an appropriate portion and are welcome to return for unlimited seconds. Students, faculty, and administrators gather daily to share a meal to reconnect and recharge.
Currently everyone is paying something for their student lunches, whether that is from the current lunch provider, bringing in fast food, or buying food at home and packing lunches. After looking at how much our families were spending on all of these options, we believe the new program will offer healthier options, and will even save many families money. The charges for the program will be:
PCA Meal Plan - Campus Inclusive - 2018-19 School Year
|Annual Dining Fee||Estimated Meal Days||Avg Cost per Meal|
|PreK (3 day program)||$420||105||$4.00|
|PreK & Kinder||$695||175||$3.97|
|LS: 1st-4th Grade||$765||175||$4.37|
|MS: 5th-8th Grade||$845||175||$4.83|
|US: 9th-12th Grade||$895||175||$5.11|
Specific assistance is not offered for the lunch program itself, but we would encourage people to apply for tuition assistance where this will be considered as part of the qualifying calculations. If someone is on financial aid, it is actually better for them now, because we will consider this as part of their tuition cost, and before we did not consider anyone’s lunch expenses at all.
SAGE provides national expertise on allergy accommodations and ADA compliance. All SAGE Team Members are extensively trained in food allergy awareness. Parents are welcome to schedule times to visit kitchens and ask about inventories and preparation methods. There is also an online allergen filter and comprehensive ingredient list that will allow parents and students to plan ahead every day.
We are pleased that SAGE specializes in school lunch programs, and has proven ways to handle food allergies. Foods will be labeled and alternatives will be available, such as gluten-free, dairy-free, etc… Should a child have a life-threatening allergy, a family can work with the school nurses, and the SAGE nutritionist. If it is mutually decided that the dining program is unable to meet the needs of the student, parents can bring forms from their doctors describing the food issues, and the student would be excluded from the dining program.
We understand and agree that it is important that each child has food that is nutritious, and that they like to eat. The meal time should be a chance to re-charge body and mind.
Each day a variety will be served including two hot lunch offerings, salads, fruits, deli/sandwich counters, and more. In addition, with the unlimited seconds that this buffet style offers, student should be able to eat their fill. We are confident that students will be able to find foods they like, and even expand their tastes to new foods.
At this time, seniors will not eat at Main Street, but will remain in the PCA dining rooms. Special days will be designated for seniors to be allowed to go off-campus if they choose and their schedule allows. No credit on the lunch fee will be given for days the student does not take advantage of the dining service.
Lower School and 5th & 6th grades will have elements similar to the Upper School to ensure variety, however due to the age group it will be streamlined slightly. The same variety is offered with two hot options, sandwiches and salads. For grades 4 and up, there will be access to the salad and deli bar (with panini presses), as well as the soup stations.
Upper School will have three main offerings set up at several stations throughout the Dining Hall so that students will not have to wait in lines. Several “Main Ingredient” stations offering a choice of two entrees with vegetables and other sides; a “Crossroads” station, which will have rotations of specialty sandwiches, and “Seasonings” options which will have rotations of customizable entrees (such as pasta or specialty bowls). In addition to these options, each day there will also be a self-serve Salad Bar, a Deli Bar (with panini presses), and soup stations.
Kindergarten students will still be eating in their classrooms, but food will be sent from the main kitchen for the entire class, with family style extras for hungrier eaters. Teacher assistants will assist in distributing lunch and ensuring students are eating a healthy mix of foods. Parents will not have to “pre-order” any menu items as they have had to in the past.