USDA announces free meals for all students through Dec. 31; ODJFS to send second round of P-EBT cards for Tiger Remote Learning students only

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As a result of recent USDA changes to school lunches, ALL Circleville City Schools students will receive breakfast and lunch at no charge while funds last at the federal level through December 31st, 2020.

Circleville City Schools will remain an open site under the new changes. Previously, changes to high school demographics required the district to charge students for breakfasts and lunches at the high school level only. 

While we expect to return to the paid high school meal procedures January 1 (or sooner), we are still encouraging families to see if their student is eligible for year-long free/reduced lunch. CHS families can complete the free and reduced/price meal application via (if you have not done so already) to be prepared when the meal program switches in January 2021. All CHS Tiger Remote Learning students are asked to complete this form as well. 

2nd round of P-EBT Cards to be distributed to TRL families only 

On September 8th, 2020 the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) announced that there would be a second round of P-EBT (pandemic electronic transfer benefits) to help families and caregivers receive proper nutrition. At Circleville City Schools, these benefits will only be extended to students who are enrolled in the Tiger Remote Learning Option. This includes TRL Only students attending schools operating a fully remote model, a hybrid model, or pandemic virtual/digital learning academy within a school that includes remote learning days for at least five consecutive days between the dates Aug. 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. 

The federal law only authorizes P-EBT through Sept. 30, 2020. Therefore, all benefits must be issued prior to Sept. 30, 2020. The P-EBT program provides families eligible for free or reduced-price meals with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as food stamps, in the amount of $5.86 (the federal reimbursement rate for breakfast and lunch) for each day a school has remote learning provided for at least five consecutive days.

This funding was made possible by the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act. ODJFS provided more than $250 million in P-EBT benefits to more than 850,000 Ohio children last spring. The agency recently received federal approval to issue a second round of benefits for children enrolled in schools operating fully remotely or with a hybrid remote/in-person model.

Students at Circleville Middle School and Circleville Elementary will receive the benefit directly; whereas, students in Circleville High School will receive the benefit based on their free and reduced price meal status from Distribution of benefits from ODJFS (not the school) will occur no later than September 30, 2020

Pre-Order Reminder

As a reminder, our weekly pre-order window for Friday meal distribution runs from Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening at 11:59 p.m. for the FOLLOWING Friday’s pick-up. To place an order for the days your student is not in attendance, please pre-order at the link here.

With the open site designation, Circleville City Schools will now be able to accept pre-orders for ANY child ages 1-18 (not just PK-12) through the weekly pre-order form.