Naugatuck schools announce guidelines for programs

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NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck school system announced its policy for determining eligibility for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

The income guidelines (pictured in the graph) will be used from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 for determining eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents. They can be filled out and returned to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office at each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

No application is required if the district directly certifies a child based on a household member receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Temporary Family Assistance program.

When known to school officials, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility if the individual child is categorized as either homeless, runaway as defined by law, or enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as defined by law. For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the households should contact the district or school.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.

Applications will be reviewed to determine eligibility. Parents can request a formal appeal of the decision to Business Manager Bernice Rizk at Bernice.rizk@naugatuck.k12.ct.us.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes at any time, families should contact their school to file a new application.