Wednesday, May 06, 2009

May 2009 - Great Things Happening in Pasco

As part of our ongoing effort to keep you informed about all of the great things happening in Pasco schools, the Communications Department has started to compile an easy-to-reference preview of upcoming school events. For more information on any particular event in the list, please call the school directly. Look for new updates every month!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Online Meal Application

Healthy eating habits are an essential part of learning. The Food and Nutrition Services Department is proud to offer Pasco County students low-cost, nutritionally-balanced meals throughout the school year. Our meals meet national Nutrition Standards for eight essential nutrients and help introduce students to a variety of fruits and vegetables. Families whose income is below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits. New 2009-2010 Free and Reduced-price Meal Applications will be available in the school cafeteria or the school’s administration office after July 1, 2009. A family MUST submit a new application at the start of each new school year. New for the 2009-2010 school year, parents may have the option of applying for free and reduced-priced meals online. The Food and Nutrition Services Department is actively working to provide a more convenient and error-proof way for families to apply for meal benefits. Traditionally, the free and reduced-price meal application was only available in hard copy. The online registration process will not provide families with immediate notification as to their child’s eligibility status, but will ensure that the application is completed correctly; thus, speeding up the approval process at the District Office. “We want to help as many families as we can. By providing a convenient and more error-proof option for families, we are hoping more families will complete the application and benefit from the school lunch and breakfast programs,” stated Richard Kurtz, Food and Nutrition Services Director. The 2008-2009 meal eligibility status will expire on September 4, 2009. Any student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits at the end of the 2008-2009 school year and does not submit a new application and been approved by the expiration date, will be required to pay full price for all meals until a new 2009-2010 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is received and approved by the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Once a completed application is submitted, the approval process can take five business days. For more information or questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), FNS Finance Coordinator at (813) 794-2438, (727) 774-2438, or (352) 524-2438.

Boundary Process Begins for High School “EEE”

With the opening of the new "EEE" High School at S.R. 52 and Chicago Avenue in the Hudson area comes the need for developing the attendance boundary for the school. The boundary process began on April 30th with the initial meeting of the boundary committee. The committee is tasked with carving out an attendance boundary from the existing boundaries of Hudson High School, Ridgewood High School and River Ridge High School. The committee consists of principals, parents, administrators and representatives from the Exceptional Student Education, Transportation and Planning Departments. In addition, boundary committees will meet this coming summer to look at adjusting all west-side high school and west-side middle school attendance boundaries due to the opening of High School "EEE" and for the purpose of balancing student populations at each of these schools. A proposal for boundary changes is expected to be complete by the fall and at that time will be presented to the public for comment and questions. Ultimately, all proposed boundary changes will go to the School Board for approval.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2009-2010 Head Start Application

Parents, Head Start and Early Head Start applications for the 2009-2010 school year are now being accepted! If you think you might be interested in enrolling your child for the upcoming session, we encourage you to submit your application right away, as space is limited. Please note the following: Preference for Head Start is given to children who turn 4 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year; Eligibility is based on family need and income; Total household income must be within federal poverty guidelines; Completing an application does NOT guarantee a child’s eligibility for services. Children who are turning 3 years old on or before September 1 of the current school year may also apply. Early Head Start serves expectant mothers, infants, and toddlers through age 3. Transportation for children is provided according to the District School Board of Pasco County transportation guidelines. Documents needed to complete an application:
  1. Child’s CERTIFIED Birth Certificate (Not hospital copy).
  2. Child’s Health Card (Medicaid, Kid Care or Private Insurance) if applicable.
  3. Documentation of 4-6 WEEKS of the most current household income (pay stubs, SSI/SSD, W-2(s), employer letter, and/or 1040 tax form).
  4. Proof of Child Support for all children in home, if applicable.
  5. Proof of current residency (utility bill, FL ID/Driver's License, etc.).
Additional documents if applicable:
  1. Child’s Social Security Card or number.
  2. Information for other family members in the home (Social Security numbers and dates of birth).
  3. TCA or WAGES Verification (Career Central), or Subsidized Child Care, Protective Services and/or Foster Care Verification.
  4. Bring copies of recent medical bills exceeding $300.
  5. Documentation of parent/guardian attending school.
  6. Documentation of disability or suspected disability in the home for child, parent and/or guardian.
For full details, please download a copy of our helpful Head Start flyer. Thank you!

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