Informational – MEALS FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS.
In the school year 2021-2022, FNS provided meals to virtual students. As shared during the July 25, 2022, Cabinet Meeting, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) will not allow for reimbursable meals to students learning remotely.
As of today, this state directive remains. Per the most recent guidance given by TDA:
- Non-congregate feeding and associated waivers will only be approved in the event of a specific COVID-19 outbreak.
- Non-congregate service must not be used to feed students that are voluntarily choosing a remote learning option.
- If, however, a classroom of children is unexpectedly forced to stay home and learn remotely for a set period per a school’s COVID quarantine protocols, only those students can utilize non-congregate and parent pick-up waivers.
Additionally, TDA requires that FNS ensure that onsite access to congregate meals is provided to all virtual students, for which we are prepared.
Dr. Nellie Cantu
BISD Deputy Superintendent