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Wheelersburg Schools Student Poverty Percentage Decreasing – Why is this Important?

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Why is this important?  This school year the District has recorded a decrease in families enrolled in the National School Lunch – Free and Reduced Meals program.  This is not to be confused with the current U.S. Department of Agriculture authorization to provide free meals for all students because of the COVID pandemic.  We are thankful for the federal assistance for our families and happy to provide the meals.  Each school year families apply for the Free and Reduced Meals program but this year we have received fewer applications.  We want to make sure our families understand the difference between the two programs.

   

A family should still complete a Free and Reduced Meal application for the 2020-2021 school year now.  You may apply anytime there is a change in family income throughout the school year.  There are a number of reasons this is important to the family and the school district.  They are:

  1. The family may qualify for free or reduced student meals after the pandemic.  An approved application carries over until October of the next school year.

  2. The family may qualify for a reduction of student fees (AP exams, ACT Test fees, consumable workbooks, etc...).

  3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has authorized the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-BET) program through the 2020-2021 school year.  The Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services are collaborating now to provide additional benefits in January.  To qualify for P-EBT during the 2020-2021 school year, children must be approved for free or reduced-price meals either in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school years. Schools are being strongly encouraged to make free and reduced-price meal applications available to households now, so newly eligible or enrolled households may apply for benefits and qualify for P-EBT in January.

  4. The District uses the data to apply for federal and state grants.  These important sources of revenue to the District are often distributed according to the percentages of students receiving free and reduced meals.

If you have questions please contact the Wheelersburg Schools Board of Education or the Wheelersburg Schools Food Service Department.

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