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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




Harry Hoag receives CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) Grant

All Fort Plain elementary students will receive free breakfast and lunch during 2015-16 school year

There is big news in the food service department: All students in the elementary school
(grades Pk-6) will eat both breakfast and lunch for FREE this year.

With the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the National School Lunch Program now includes a universal meal program that eliminates the need for household applications for free/reduced meals in high-poverty schools. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). To be eligible for this program, schools must meet a minimum level of “identified students” for free meals in the school year prior.

We are pleased to announce that the HARRY HOAG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has been approved for this CEP program for the 2015-2016 school year. This grant means that ALL STUDENTS IN THE ELEMENTARY BUILDING, regardless of their family income, will receive FREE BREAKFAST AND FREE LUNCH.

Please note that this program has been approved for the elementary building only. Families with students in the Jr/Sr High School building will still need to complete free/reduced meal applications. Students who do not qualify will still need to pay for their meals, as follows: Gr 7-12 Breakfast $1.00, Gr 7-12 Lunch $2.00, Reduced Meals $.25

Again, thanks to the CEP grant, ALL STUDENTS IN THE ELEMENTARY BUILDING (PK-6) will receive all meals for free this year. No paperwork needs to be completed, and any students who wishes to eat simply reports to the cafeteria line. This program does NOT apply to in-classroom snack milk, and teachers will provide information about that program.

Students will still access their meal account with their same student ID#. Students may continue to place money on account for extras, snacks, or ice cream. They may also choose to use cash for these type of snack shack purchases. You may elect to make payments to your child’s meal account online, using www.myschoolbucks.com This service allows you to pay with credit or debit card, and there is a small transaction fee added to your payment. Visit that website for quick and easy directions for registering your child’s account. Please note that you can also use MySchoolBucks simply to see the history of transactions on your student’s account. This is a FREE service.

Students in grades 7-12 still need to fill out a free/reduced lunch application

The new free/reduced meal application packet for high school students can be accessed here. Again this application is for students in grades 7-12 only. Please note that free or reduced status carries over from last year, but only through October 20th. We must have a new application on file before that date or your free/reduced status will expire, read the letter here. Please take a moment to complete the application and forward it to the food service office, or to one of the school offices. As always, assistance is available in filling out the application so please let us know if we can be of help, or if you have any questions. Please take the time to complete the application, even if you think you will not qualify. In addition to providing students with free or reduced price meals, our school receives aid and grant monies as a direct consequence of the number of free/reduced students that we have. Your help in keeping applications up to date provides a financial benefit to all taxpayers.