Panther families: Over the past two years, students across the district have been given the opportunity to eat free as a result of the federal National School Lunch program. Unfortunately, this legislation came to an end for this school year and was not renewed in the same form. As a result of that program coming to an end, there are some changes that result that are beyond the control of the district.
The process for determining if a school qualifies for free lunch across the building has returned to income evaluation. With that in mind, Pikeville Elementary did qualify as a CEP school, meaning that all students will continue to eat free for breakfast and lunch. Please keep in mind, this is evaluated yearly, so that could change in any of our future years.
Unfortunately, based upon the same process, Pikeville High School did not qualify, and therefore students will be required to pay for their breakfast and lunch, unless they qualify for free or reduced meals individually. Families each much submit an application in order to qualify for free or reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year. The applications are located in the students’ enrollment packets if they have not already been completed. Again, this is evaluated yearly based upon guidelines put in place for the federal school lunch program.
We do apologize for any inconvenience, but please keep in mind, this is not a change being made by Pikeville Independent, our schools or our school food service program, we are simply following the federal guidelines as they currently exist. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing our students this week!