It is still extremely important that you apply for free/reduced meals, if you feel your family will qualify.
Please find important information on lunch payments, PaySchools Central, as well as Free/Reduced Meal Applications, for those families who qualify. Information here applies to families who chose in-person (Model A), as well as at-home/virtual learning (Model B).
HOW TO MAKE A LUNCH PAYMENT
We are encouraging parents to use our online payment system, PaySchools Central, to put money into student lunch accounts, in order to eliminate cash handling. We will continue to accept cash or check, but we will NOT be giving any change back to students. All change/cash will be deposited into your child’s lunch account.
Please Note: Parents who used PaySchools Central’s auto replenish feature for their student’s lunch account last year will need to set it up again for this school year.
FREE/REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS
Free/Reduced meal applications may be completed online through PaySchools Central or you may download a paper form to complete. If you need assistance with the application process please contact Kathleen Poor, Food Service Director.
If your child was approved for free/reduced meals last year, that benefit will carry over for the first thirty (30) school days this year. You MUST submit an application EVERY year unless your child was directly certified for free meals. If that is the case, a letter is mailed in late July notifying you. If a new approved application is not on file with the district’s Food Service Dept. your child(ren) will lose their free/reduced meal status.
POSSIBLE PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)
A delay has occurred in mailing the new summer P-EBT cards. For summer P-EBT, a child will receive a new P-EBT card if the child did not receive the school year 2020-2021 card after February of 2021. Please be aware some households may have received a letter indicating that the new summer P-EBT card was already received. However, new cards are not likely to arrive before the last week of July. Please note that P-EBT cards for the school year 2020-2021 received after February of 2021 should have the first $190 allocation of summer P-EBT already posted to the previously issued P-EBT card or the household SNAP card. The second allocation of $185 will occur on newly mailed cards and existing P-EBT/SNAP cards in July. Schools are encouraged to communicate this information to households as possible.
FREE/REDUCED MEALS APPLICATION
Students approved for free meals are eligible for school fee waivers regardless of whether they are attending school in person or at-home/virtual.
Free/reduced SJHS or SHS students are also eligible for a reduction in pay to play athletic fees.
All free/reduced students can participate in our Boro Backpack program. This provides a bag of shelf-stable food items each week for all qualifying students. At this time, the district is working on a plan for our at-home/virtual learners on how they may pick up these food bags.
Federal and State funding for the Food Service Department is also tied to our free/reduced applications.
So please submit your application even if your children are at-home/virtual learning this year!