SHARON MCBRAYER Editor
Free lunches for all will end in the new school year, but free breakfast will continue, the Burke County School Board said during its June business session Monday night.
Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Mike Swan told the board that the U.S. Department of Agriculture waiver offering free lunches to all students expires June 30. The free meals were offered to all families, regardless of family income. He said the school system continues to voice concerns at the state level for parents and the need for free lunches.
Given the expiration of free meals for all students, parents can start signing up for free and reduced school meals from July 1, Swan said.
To be considered for a free lunch, families must complete the Free and Reduced Meals form to determine if a student is eligible for the upcoming school year, depending on the school system. Summer meals remain free for anyone 18 and under, he says.
Swan said the school system will make forms easily accessible through social media during school open houses. A link to the form is also on the front page of the school system’s website at burke.k12.nc.us.
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The school system says parents or guardians should receive emails with a link to the app and monitor posts on its social media when the apps become available on July 1.
All students will still receive free breakfast during the 2022-23 year, depending on the school system.
The price of dinner for elementary students will be $2.60; meals for middle and high school students will cost $2.85; and adult meals will be $3.75, depending on the school system.
Also during the meeting, Swan spoke about school safety, in light of recent school shootings.
The school system has established a Safety Council of Superintendents, made up of council chair Wendi Craven and vice chair Aaron Johnson, Swan and certain people in leadership positions in the system, as well as the forces of the school system. order. Swan said the next meeting will be July 13 and will include the Morganton Public Safety Department and the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.
Swan told the council that the sheriff’s office was planning active shooter training in August at the former Chesterfield Primary School. He said some school administrators and teachers have already been recruited as volunteers for the training.
At Monday’s meeting, the school board also discussed wireless device policy, with board member Seth Hunt saying teachers constantly fight with students to get them to put away their devices during school hours. education. He said the board needs to give staff members a very clear policy on confiscating student wireless devices.
Additionally, board member Tiana Beachler said the dress code, especially for colleges, needs to be tightened or adhere to the dress code already in place. She said she’s heard from faculty and community members who are concerned about the issue.