COVID-19 Free Breakfast and Lunch Information
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal agency that oversees all school cafeterias and their funding, released nine (9) nationwide waivers related to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). One of the waivers permits School Food Authorities (school districts) to serve all school students—regardless of income—free breakfasts and lunches on school days, until December 31, 2020, contingent upon the availability of Federal funding.
This means that ALL Somerset Area School District students are now temporarily qualified for free breakfasts and lunch on school days, until Christmas break, unless a Federal funding shortfall cuts the program waiver short.
Please click here to read the full information about Free Breakfast and Lunch.
What do Golden Eagle families need to know about
the free breakfast and lunch program?
The meals are available for school-aged children on school days
Students will still need to provide their lunch PIN numbers because the District must account for each meal
The program is funded by the Federal government
As of now, the program expires on the last day of school before Christmas break
The program does not eliminate existing lunch debt; however, it does provide a good chance for those with outstanding balances to get caught up on payments
Families still must complete their applications for free and reduced lunches for this school year since the waiver lasts only until Christmas break. If your family qualifies for free and reduced lunches, meal applications must be completed, submitted, and processed as soon as possible.
For a lunch to be considered free, it must adhere to the NSLP guidelines. This means that your child must pick the correct components for a “Type A” lunch. For instance, even if a child does not like apples, he or she must take an apple for the lunch fall into the “Type A” category and be free. If he or she does not take one or more required components of the “Type A” lunch, the student’s lunch account must be charged. Although taking food that one does not want may seem illogical, it is a very strict rule that all schools must require students to follow. Cafeteria staff will encourage students to take all components of the lunch in order to make it qualify as a “Type A.” Please discuss this with your children so they are careful to take everything needed for a free lunch.
Remember, students can always bring home pre-packaged or fruit items they do not eat at school.
The Administrative Offices will be open daily from 7 am to 3 pm during the summer months.
School Immunization Regulations
The Department of Health has changed school immunization regulations and Somerset Area School District wants to give families plenty of time to ensure their children have received the required vaccines, listed below.
Children in ALL grades (K-12) need the following immunizations for attendance:
7th through 12th grade students need to meet ADDITIONAL immunization requirements for attendance:
As always, your child's physician is the best source of information about immunizations and all of your child's health needs.
Nondiscrimination Statement for Somerset Area School District School Nutrition Program:
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or Fax: (202) 690-7442; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.