The letter appears to offer the lunch line pass in exchange for a $100 donation, among other tiers of donation rewards.
Parents took to social media to express outrage over what many called "classism". "Parents run the organization". The program has, understandably, caused outrage among numerous parents at the school.
According to WTSP, the PTSA said the letter was sent to hundreds of students and parents "due to a clerical error".
The principal told Tampa-based WFTS that he never saw the form and would have never included it in the packet.
"'Hey, my dad has more money than you, I get to eat first".
After Stephenson shared the letter in a Facebook post on August 9 and the comments came pouring in.
"It's like, 'I have money, I'm in the front of line now". For one thing, numerous kids in the school are food-insecure (a polite way of saying that they don't always get enough food to eat), so telling poor families that they can pay an extra hundred bucks for special food access is at once insensitive and insulting, says parent Chris Stephenson.
Andrews told Fox News that he did not approve of the form. "I believe the intentions were meant to be beneficial, however, parents do not always have the perspective of a principal".
What's more, says Stephenson, the kids are only allowed 20 minutes for lunch, making the front-of-the-line pass an extra slap in the face to kids whose parents can't buy one. "This simply did not reflect our philosophy and I felt fortunate to be in a position to eliminate it before it got off the ground".
'Sometimes people make mistakes, I don't think it was anything intentional at all, ' he said. We strive to look for new and innovative fundraising ideas to enhance the school experience for our students.
The PTSA says the letter ended up in the hands of hundreds of students "due to a clerical error"-saying, "This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we decided not to implement it". This Family and Business Sponsorship program was explored, but we made a decision to not implement. "Our families have been notified this program is not being offered".
Titled "Family and Business Sponsors, the form stated that the PTSA was looking for 'local families and business to partner with" during the school year.
Stephenson said his problem with the offer isn't just about a student getting his food before somebody else.
"Who allowed unapproved documents to be distributed to 300 some-odd students without having read it?"