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Compared to this time last year, when administrators scrambled to feed students amid the new COVID calamity, the road ahead seems less threatening despite the persistent challenges.
School districts will be able to provide free meals for students through the end of the 2021-22 school year due to extension nutrition waivers by Biden’s USDA.
Participation in Connecticut school meal service dropped 32% in March 2020 but the free- and reduced-lunch numbers returned to typical levels in April and May.
Early this school year, Superintendent Brian Kuhn doubted that Clark-Shawnee Local School District could stick with hybrid learning through Thanksgiving.
The rules would allow for flavored milk, cut the amount of whole grains, and delay requirements to reduce sodium.
Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut has adapted in creative ways, from using tents, classroom and bus seating charts, student cohorts, and more to make in-person learning possible.
Extension of USDA free meals program through the end of 2020-21 was met with overall relief by educators. However, some are concerned applications will drop.
This Alabama school district has leveraged technology to dramatically improve student outcomes and overcome challenges, including a successful pivot to hybrid learning during the pandemic
Mountain View Whisman is trying to close gaps for its underserved students but internet is a problem, even in the most high-tech area of the country
The free meal programs operated by the New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston school districts increased access to healthy food for children and adults during COVID closures.
An extension of nationwide summer food service programs will allow school districts to provide free school meals to families through the end of the year, but services may be paused during extended school breaks.