The month of August is behind us, and we are moving right along through September. This time of year is always interesting with the unofficial ending of summer after Labor Day, the beginning of cooler morning temperatures, and, of course, the start of the college football season!!
As we inch closer to the week of fall break, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind our families of the importance of properly filling out the Free and Reduced Meal Application and returning it to your child’s school. With the extension of the United States Department of Agriculture Free Meals program through the 2021-22 school year, we are wanting to remind parents and our families of the importance of this documentation for our district in respect to qualifying for federal programming and aid that is not directly associated with school meals. Funding levels to schools are and will continue to be based on data collected on this application, now and into the future. Without this vital information, schools will undoubtedly experience a decrease in federal aid, which will potentially impact educational programming that our students desperately need now and for the years to come.
While the pandemic has brought many challenges, the federally funded free lunch program for ALL students extended through this year has been a wonderful additional element of assistance our families need to get through these unique times. Please help us ensure our other forms of federal funding will remain stable by completing the Free and Reduced Meal Application found below:
Free and Reduced Meal Application
Once again, I would like to stress how vitally important it is for those families whose income levels qualify for the typical Free/Reduced Meal Program to apply this year, even though your child is already receiving free meals. NOT applying can affect Bullitt County Schools’ funding for years to come. Read below to see if your student is eligible to apply:
All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF
Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court
Children participating in their school’s Head Start program
Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant
If your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, if your household income falls at or below the limits on the chart below.
As always, we thank you for your commitment to your child’s education and BCPS!!
Have a great September!!!
Dr. Thomas R. Brillhart
Chief Operations Officer