For the 2021-22 school year:
Beginning on the first day of school (9/1/21), school meals will once again be offered daily in the Commons/Cafeteria for all Entiat students. (The Grab ‘n Go meals served during our COVID hybrid schedules last year will no longer be provided.) The District will follow all health and safety protocols during meal periods, ensuring that students maximize physical distancing during meals and that lunch tables and serving areas will be sanitized as recommended by the Dept. of Health.
Due to the on-going effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Entiat Schools will operate a meal program authorized by the USDA that allows ALL students to receive school meals FREE through the 2021-22 school year regardless of their income or meal status.
NEW TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL! In order to reduce the number of students eating breakfast in the Commons/Cafeteria in the morning, the District will be starting up a “Breakfast After the Bell” program for morning Preschool and Grade K-5 students, beginning on the first day of school. (Students in Grades 6-12 will still eat in the Commons/Cafeteria.)
Elementary students will participate in a “Breakfast in the Classroom” model where breakfast is served to students after the start of the school day in their classrooms. Students will have the opportunity during the first 15 minutes of class to eat breakfast with their classmates. Teachers will begin lessons as usual during this breakfast time.
There are many great things about this style of breakfast program. In addition to ensuring better distancing for students at breakfast, eating with classmates every morning creates a community experience, and it takes pressure off parents and caretakers to provide breakfast in the morning. Plus students who sometimes skip school breakfast to enjoy more morning recess time will now be able to still eat breakfast!
Students are not required to eat breakfast in class, so if you prefer that your child eats breakfast at home, just have your child let the teacher know they do not want a school breakfast (or you can let the teacher know via e-mail).
Students will still need to pay for a la carte items and individual milks, and can charge these items to their school meal accounts. Food Service money should be paid in the school office in advance. Payments cannot be accepted in the lunch line.
The application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals is available on the district website or in the school office. Even though USDA has extended free meals for all students for this year, some families will still need to fill out an Application for Free or Reduced Meals to determine the status of their child/children in case the Pandemic-EBT program is expanded into 2021-22 and also to help establish the Free/Reduced status level for the whole school district.
NOTE: Breakfast will not be served on days that school has a delayed start due to weather or emergency.
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