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Pandemic Relief Funds Availability-$325 per child ages 5-18 that qualified for Free/Reduced Lunch

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is now offering additional funds for the families of children ages 5 to 18 who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. This new program, called Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), will provide $325 per child that families can use to purchase nutritious food for their household. Families with children who received free or reduced-price meals at school, and who were between the ages of 5 and 18 on September 1, 2019, may qualify. Benefits are available to two groups: 

  • Families receiving Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits on March 18, 2020. Benefits for these families were issued automatically and appeared on their EBT balance on May 30, 2020. These families do not need to take any further action.
  • Families receiving free or reduced-price school meals, but not SNAP or MFIP benefits. These families need to fill out a short application for a P-EBT card. Families can apply between June 8, 2020, and June 30, 2020. If approved, families will receive a P-EBT card in the mail, which will arrive with the funds preloaded. 

Families in need of assistance accessing or using their P-EBT benefits are urged to contact the P-EBT Hotline at 651-431-4050 or 800-657-3698. 

If your family or someone you know needs additional ongoing assistance accessing healthy foods, please contact your local tribal or county human services office, visit ApplyMN, or call the Minnesota Food HelpLine at 888-711-1151.

June 5, 2020
Dear Families,

I want to inform you to the greatest extent of what we know today regarding how we will deliver school in the fall of 2020.

MDE sent a message yesterday afternoon that identifies that they are working on producing guidelines for schools and a timeline for determining what model of delivery we need to plan for as we return to school.  Administratively, we have been having discussions on the logistics of implementing these possible scenarios.

Most immediately, during the week of June 15, 2020, MDE will be releasing guidelines to help shape school contingency planning for the following three different scenarios for the 2020-21 school year:

  • Return all students to school buildings following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  • Return students to school buildings implementing a hybrid model following the most current CDC and MDH guidelines.
  • No students return to school buildings. Implement a distance learning model.

MDE cautions that this situation is fluid and decisions will continue to be reviewed in the best interest of public health and our school communities. As the situation evolves, decisions may change. MDE is urging school districts and charter schools to prepare for each of the three scenarios.

In partnership with MDH and the Governor’s Office they plan to announce a decision for which model of educational delivery will be utilized to begin the 2020-21 school year by the week of July 27, 2020.

Current MDE timeline:

  • Week of June 15
    • Release public health parameters of the three models for schools to consider while contingency planning for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Week of July 27
    • MDE and MDH share determination on educational delivery model will be in the best interest of the health and safety of our students, school staff, and school communities for the 2020-21 school year.

I can only imagine how eager your children are to get back into the school building to see their friends, staff, and regain normalcy.  The school feels the same way.  We can’t wait to see the kids again and are willing to do whatever precautions necessary to make their safe and healthy return to school happen.  We will continue to work towards making the best experience out of whatever scenario we are held to.  

Look forward to seeing you and your children soon.  Enjoy your summer.

Keith Kottke
Springfield School District

Meal Service for students will change Wednesday, May 20th  to Pick-up at school only

Springfield School District meal service for any child (graduating senior and under) will change to pick up only starting on Wednesday, May 20th.  Unfortunately, meal delivery is not included in the summer meal service.

The meal service will continue to be “Grab and Go” and all meals will be provided FREE OF CHARGE.  Students will not be allowed to eat meals in the school building. 

Where will the meal be distributed?    Door W6 (west side of school by cafeteria)

When will meal be distributed?  11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  Monday through Friday (except Memorial Day)

The meal will include lunch and something for the next morning’s breakfast.  Of course students can eat the food they receive as they choose.

Daycare providers are encouraged to participate.

Out of town families are encouraged to collaborate on logistics and participate.

Be advised, this program may change after June 30th.  The school is waiting for USDA guidance for meal service program specifics after that date.