Directors; Elementary Principals; High School Principals; Middle School
Principals; Secondary Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors,
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow school districts to
“opt-in” to a nationwide waiver to serve meals under the Seamless Summer Option
(SSO) for school year (SY) 2021-2022. Under the SSO, meals are served to
students without charge to the family and reimbursed at the free rate even if a
meal application is not completed.
should be aware, however, that eligibility for free or reduced student meals is
used to determine a student’s eligibility to receive Pandemic-Electronic
Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). For this reason, schools must make meal applications
available to certify children for pandemic meal benefits and to qualify newly eligible
children for SY 2021-22 and summer 2022 P-EBT benefits. Applications
collected for SY 2021-22 are subject to verification.
to the number of funding sources that base funding calculations on a school or
district’s free and reduced eligibility percentage, DESE recommends that districts
rollover the students’ eligibility status from SY 2020-21 into SY 2021-22. The
first direct certification match will be automatically uploaded into eSchool.
All other student’s status will remain the same as the SY 2020-21 eligibility
will monitor enrollment and eligibility data for each school, as well as
statewide data to determine if there are significant changes that would
necessitate policy considerations regarding funding or affect the stability of
data for school accountability ratings.
must take the following action:
- continue to make meal applications available to families that wish to apply and newly enrolled students (such as pre-school, kindergarten and transfer); and
- process direct certification matches after receiving notification of each statewide match.