As part of a coordinated response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in partnership with the Office for Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas has developed this Parent/Guardian Survey for soliciting family input on what is working now and what may be considered for the future. Thank you for your help.
No Cost Meals to Students!
The (USDA) has announced the extension of meals served at no cost to students through December 31, 2020. The purpose of the extension is to assure that children have access to nutritious meals while the nation recovers from COVID-19. During the pandemic, USDA has continued to provide flexibilities for the purpose of assisting families and assuring that children are fed whether they attend school in a classroom environment or as virtual students.
It is the intent of USDA, and the ADE, DESE, Child Nutrition Unit (CNU) to assure that Arkansas children have access to the meals they need while maintaining the integrity of the Child Nutrition Programs.
Although students will receive meals at no charge through December 31, 2020, it is imperative that parents continue to work with our school district in completing and submitting free and reduced meal applications. State and federal funds received by each district are determined by the free and reduced percentages collectively from meal applications. Families who have not completed a meal applications are strongly encouraged to do so.
Thank you and we continue to look forward to a great year!