We recently announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended a waiver or students to receive free school meals through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
This great news means that all students enrolled at our school can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge to your household each day. Ala-carte items like bottled water, chips, and granola bars can be purchased using funds from personal meal accounts. Add funds to your student's meal account.
Additionally, the district continues to provide free curbside meal kits to families with children under the age of 18 every Wednesday at Sashabaw Middle School and Clarkston Junior High School. These kits will include five days of breakfast and lunch items.
Our goal is for every child to have the opportunity to eat well-balanced meals and be provided with everything they need to be successful in school and in life. If your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart shown below, your child may qualify for additional supplemental supports and services.
These supplemental programs benefit students, families, and our schools with supports including, but not limited to:
- Blessings in a Backpack
- Athletic "Pay to Play" fees
- School club fees
- Potential Future P-EBT (food stamps)
- Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
- Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
- Parent and community engagement supplies and activities
- Internet connectivity/access
Apply For Supplemental Benefits by November 2
Please select and complete the appropriate application (one per family) and submit it no later than Monday, November 2 to ensure that additional funding for our school district is available to meet the needs of our students. If you have students in North Sashabaw Elementary or Renaissance High School AND one of our other schools, please complete both applications. (Please note that the applications refer to meal benefits provided by the free and reduced meal program. As stated above, all students will receive free meals in the 2020-2021 school year.) Your application is needed for the district's continued access to state and federal funds for wrap-around student services.
Do You Qualify? Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines
Each additional person:
We have compiled Frequently Asked Questions to assist you in the application process. Applications are completely confidential and we encourage all families who may qualify to apply. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached report, our district cannot maximize the use of available state and federal funds for supports, services, and staff continued professional learning.
Thank you for submitting your application by Monday, November 2. If we can be of any further assistance, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (248) 623-8001.
About Clarkston Community Schools: Clarkston is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of nearly 7,100 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12. We also have a virtual academy, an Early Childhood Center serving children ages 3-5, and an alternative high school/community education facility. Clarkston Community Schools students are well-prepared for a future that excites them, and believe that they can achieve their dreams. The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.
Read more Clarkston Community Schools News at www.clarkston.k12.mi.us/news.
Media Contact: Mary Ellen Rowe, Marketing Director (248) 623-5460.