This year, all elementary level students at TPS are eligible to receive both breakfast and lunch for no charge under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Below are some FAQs about the CEP to assist with any questions you might receive from teachers, parents, or guardians.
What is the Community Eligibility Provision?
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is part of the 2010 Healthly, Hunger Free Kids Act. The CEP allows schools and districts with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. Families at participating schools still need to complete one free and reduced meal application per family/household.
Which district schools will participate in the CEP?
All elementary schools will use the CEP in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school year. We no longer need to track student status (free, reduced or paid), although we will continue track student participation by name on a day-to-day basis.
How does the CEP impact Title 1 funded schools? How does it impact schools without Title 1 funding?
There will be no impact on Title 1 funding for the 2016- 2017 school year. In 2017-2018, district-wide funding for 2017-2018 will not be impacted, however, there will be an impact on site distribution amounts. The distributions will be determined after October 1, 2016.
Why aren't we using the CEP at the secondary level? What does this mean for secondary free and reduced meal participants?
2017-2018 is the second year for the CEP in our district and as an extension of our focus on building strong foundations, we're continuing the program with our youngest learners. Additionally, our direct certification percentages are higher at the elementary level which allows the district to achieve maximum benefit from the program.
Students and families will need to continue to complete free and reduced meal applications, one per family, at the beginning of each school year. We are asking that principals share the free and reduced meal application with parents, guardians, and students during back-to-school nights and in any email or mail communications sent out in the first two weeks of the school year. Applications will be available at Tulsa Schools meal applications.
If you need to know your Free & Reduced status for other reasons, please contact Child Nutrition at the Ross building at (918) 833-8673.