February 2021 Free & Reduced Update for Pandemic EBT Benefits
The State of Michigan is providing eligible families Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits. P-EBT eligibility is determined for Free & Reduced students who attended class remotely; those who attended class in-person are not eligible for P-EBT reconsideration. For the month of February 2021, if your child(ren) qualify for the state's Free & Reduced School Meals and if your child(ren) learned remotely in the month of February, you may be eligible for P-EBT reconsideration. If you are interested, you must complete a reconsideration form and submit it to MDHHS. Please contact the main office to request a Statement of Proof to file with your reconsideration form.
- The reconsideration form can be downloaded HERE.
- FAQs for parents can be found HERE.
- The P-EBT website is found HERE.
1/6/21 Food Service Update
Black River will continue with Monday meal pickups for students who have chosen remote learning. Students may sign up to pick up 5 FREE breakfasts and 5 FREE lunches each week. Please sign up through your parent or student Infinite Campus portal by noon on Sunday the week before.
Pickup will take place in the Lyceum parking lot Monday from 1pm-2pm.
In the event of a Monday snow day, pickup will take place the next school day from 1pm-2pm.
We look forward to serving you!
*NEW* Ordering Lunch through Infinite Campus
We have exciting news to share with you regarding the free school meals served in the district to our students. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced all schools will be able to serve free breakfast and lunch to ALL children through June 30, 2021.
This unprecedented move will help ensure no matter what the situation is on the ground, children will have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.
It remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. This will also ensure meals are reaching all children, whether they are learning in the classroom or virtually, so they are fed and ready to learn, even in new and ever changing environments.
If your child is participating in virtual learning, Black River Food Service offers Curbside Meal pick up every Monday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the Lyceum Parking Lot. Pull up and pick up 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for each student doing virtual learning. If this time does not work for you, please contact Food Service at 616-355-0055 x176 to schedule a time that works for you. This service will also be available until June 2021.
We hope this helps our Black River Families!
This year, for in-person students, we are asking that elementary students who would like a school breakfast or lunch pre-order their choices through Infinite Campus. Middle and high school students do not need to pre-order breakfast but will need to pre-order their lunches.
If you have a remote student who would like a school breakfast and lunch please choose the Remote Meals option to pre-order. Pre-ordering is done through the individual student's account or your parent account if ordering for multiple children.
Orders must be placed by noon on Sunday for the following week.
To place an order, log into the Infinite Campus Parent/Student portal. On the left hand side you will see ‘School Store’. Click on the "Shop" under the BR image. Select the day of the week you are ordering for and then you will be brought to a drop down menu to select a meal/drink option and if ordering for more than one student, select the appropriate student. You can do this multiple times if you have multiple children. Once the meal choices have been made and added to the cart click on the ‘My Cart’ icon and if the order is correct, click on the ‘Submit’ button.
FOOD SERVICE MENUS:
See above for ordering on Infinite Campus
Eat Up and Meet Up: Summer Meals for Kids Information
Meet Up and Eat Up is a fun reason to get out of the house and get outside! Activities
like: games, sports, water activities, books and crafts provide exercise and fun with friends.
Meals are provided for everyone 18 and under.
Click here for the Meet Up Eat Up Map to find food resources near you! You may also text 2-1-1 for assistance.
For more resources, please visit Ottawa Food here!
FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION
Black River offers a school breakfast and lunch program with a simplified payment system using point of sale (POS) technology for services. School meals will begin on the first day of school. Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30am in the Lyceum building. Lunchtime varies depending upon the student grade. Please check with your teacher or the main office for service times. A food service account has been established for each student through Infinite Campus, our student information system. For paying students, deposits are made into individual student accounts and students draw from the account when they pay for a school meal or milk purchase. For students qualifying for a free or reduced breakfast and lunch, they pass through the serving line and use their PIN to "pay" just like everyone else, but the funding comes from the federal school meals account.
Applications for Free/Reduced lunch will be mailed to all families in mid-August. If you did not recieve and application in the mail or need one after the start of school, please stop in the main office for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and the application.
How do I put meal money into student accounts?
Parents can pay for school meals in three ways; (1) by check payable to BRPS-Food Service that can be placed in the mail or delivered to the main office by you or your student. We credit money based on student names. The memo of your check should include the student name or names whose account or accounts should be credited. You can pay for multiple students with one check, but be sure to specify how much for each child's account next to the names in the check memo or attach a note with a information, (2) by cash, exact change only (the office does not maintain a cash box) delivered to the main office by you or, (3) by credit card using your Infinite Campus parent portal account.
How do I view my child's food service account?
Black River has set up an individual food service account for each student. You may check your child's account balance at any time by logging on to your Infinite Campus parent portal account. If you do not yet have a parent portal account, please go to our Forms page and print off the Infinite Campus enrollment form, complete it with the appropriate signatures, and bring it to the main office.
How is my student charged for breakfast and lunch?
Each student has been assigned a 4-digit food service account PIN. You don't need to know the PIN to put money in your child's account right away. For K-5 students, teachers maintain student PINs and will assist them in orderding lunch every day. For 6-12 students, the PIN is mailed home with class schedules. Every student will enter this PIN into a key pad at the end of the lunch line, a picture displays to verify identity, and the server will record which meal has been chosen via a touch-screen monitor. At this time, the meals' full or reduced price, if applicable is charged to the student's food service account.
What happens if there isn't money on account?
Money on account is not necessary for a student that qualifies for free breakfast and lunch. Please note, if a student receiving free meal benefits chooses to go through the line for a second meal they will be charged for the full price of the meal. For students not receiving lunch benefits, the meal program is a pay-in-advance program, not a credit program. With this being said, we will never let a child go without a meal. We hope that most parents will be able to monitor their child's balance using the parent portal, but we will periodically mail home a statement if a student food service account is in arrears.
If you have questions regarding how the lunch program works or need assistance with your account please call Michelle Byrne at 355.0055 x160