Education

Letter to Parents from DASD Superintendent

DuBois Area School District 

Office of the Superintendent 

August 13, 2019 

Dear Parent or Guardian: 

The DuBois Area School District Administrative Team and School Board of Directors fully understand the negative impact that missing a meal can have on our students. Depending on the school building, between 46% – 65% of our students across the district are eligible to receive free or reduced lunches. Although these numbers may seem alarming, the percentages only account for the families that complete and submit an application for free or reduced lunches. The actual percentages are even higher. In addition, for whatever reason, not all that are eligible choose to participate. Together, we are committed to removing the stigma that may be associated with receiving free or reduced lunches and prevent hunger for all DuBois Area School District students. 

We are pleased to inform you that the DuBois Area School District will be implementing a new program, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program, effective with the 2019-2020 school year. This program is available to schools and districts that are participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. 

All students enrolled in the DuBois Area School District are eligible to receive one nutritional breakfast and one nutritional lunch each school day at no charge to your household. 

No further action is required by you. Your son/daughter will be able to participate in these meal programs without paying a fee or submitting an application. 

We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity. 

In addition to the financial savings for families, a nutritional breakfast in the morning helps students: 

To be healthy overall, maintain a healthy weight and obtain essential vitamins and minerals associated with healthy childhood development. 

• Have fewer absences from school, attend school on time and make less visits to the nurse with stomach complaints related to hunger. Increases attention span, the ability to concentrate, and the ability to retain information. Improves mood and energy levels which has the potential to reduce behavior problems. 

Additional food and drink items can be purchased at breakfast and lunch so if your son/daughter would like to purchase additional items, money must be deposited on his/her account for these items. Students are not permitted to charge for additional breakfast, lunch or ala carte items. 

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact the Food Service Department at 814-371-1016. Thank you in advance for your support and patience as we begin to develop procedures to provide breakfast and lunch for up to 3,500 students daily. As with any new initiative, our team will continue to make adjustments and evolve this program to meet the needs of our students. We will know we have achieved success when our students are no longer hungry, our attendance rates improve and our students are high achieving! 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Wendy J Benton

Superintendent

Annual savings per family participating in the CEP Program
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