Federal Meals Program Update
The federal program that has allowed school districts across the country to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students regardless of income will expire on June 30, 2022.
At this time, the federal government has not extended the waivers for the next school year to allow free meals for all students. As a result, schools across the nation will be reverting back to free and reduced-price meals based on income eligibility guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
During the 2022-23 school year, families who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay for school meals. Students whose families are eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast or lunch will be able to access meals next school year at no cost or a discounted rate.
Since this adjustment may create a financial burden on some of our families, we are writing to give you advance notice of this change. As we have done in the past, we will collect documentation at the time of registration to determine who qualifies for free or reduced meals.
The cost of a student lunch for the upcoming school year is $4.00.
Westchester Public School students must legally reside within the school district boundaries. All students must prove residency each year as a requirement of enrollment and registration.
An official birth certificate is required for initial registration. Students starting kindergarten at the Westchester Public Schools must be five years of age on or before September 1st. Students entering first grade must be six years of age on or before September 1st of this school year.
Registration packets will be sent to all returning and pre-registered EC/PreK/Kindergarten students no later than July 5. Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open on July 6. All returning families must register online through your Home Access Center (HAC) account. HAC is same website and login used to check your child's grade. You will be required to upload documents online that prove your residency; no in-person or document drop-off will be available this year. In order to qualify for our Early Registration Rate, registration must be completed (online registration, residency verification and fee payment) by Wednesday, July 20, at 4:00 p.m. All registrations must be completed by Wednesday, July 27, at 4:00 p.m.
Online registration for new students will be available July 6. Please go to the New Student Registration Page to start the process.