QUALIFICATION

Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls at or below the federal Income Eligibility Guidelines below.

APPLYING FOR BENEFITS

An application for free or reduced-price meals cannot be reviewed unless all required fields are completed. A household may apply at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income decreases, household size increases, or a household member becomes eligible for CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, you may submit an application at that time.

DIRECT CERTIFICATION

An application is not required if the household receives a notification letter indicating all children are automatically certified for free meals. If you did not receive a letter and believe your children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, please complete an application and submit it to your child’s school.

VERIFICATION

School officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. You may be asked to submit information to validate your income or current eligibility for CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits.

WIC PARTICIPANTS

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by completing an application.

HOMELESS, MIGRANT, RUNAWAY, AND HEAD START

Children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Please contact school officials for assistance at meals@classicalacademy.com.

FOSTER CHILD

The legal responsibility must be through a foster care agency or court to qualify for free meals. A foster child may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to apply for their nonfoster children on the same application and must report any personal income earned by the foster child. If the nonfoster children are not eligible, this does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meals.

FAIR HEARING

If you do not agree with the school’s decision regarding your application’s determination or the result of verification, you may discuss it with the hearing official. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by emailing or writing to the following: Russell Grant, Director of Operations, 157 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA, 92025, rgrant@classicalacademy.com.

ELIGIBILITY CARRYOVER

Your child’s eligibility status from the previous school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 operating days or until a new determination is made. When the carryover period ends, your child will be charged the full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials are not required to send a reminder or expired eligibility notices.

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to the USDA by (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: 202-690-7442; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Complete one application per household. Please print clearly with a pen. Incomplete, illegible, or incorrect information will delay processing.

1.  STUDENT INFORMATION – Include  all students who attend The Classical Academies. Print their name (first, middle initial, last), school, grade level, and birthdate. If any student listed is a foster child, check the Foster box. If you are only applying for a foster child, complete STEP 1, and then continue to STEP 4. If any student listed may be homeless, migrant, or runaway, check the applicable Homeless, Migrant, or Runaway box and complete all  STEPS of the application.

2.  ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS – If  any household member (child or adult) participates in CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, then all children are eligible for free meals. Must check the applicable assistance program box, enter one case number, and then continue to STEP 4. If no one participates, skip STEP 2 and continue to STEP 3.

3.  REPORT INCOME FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS – Must report  gross income (before deductions) from  all household members (children and adults) in whole dollars. Enter  0 for any household member that does not receive income.

Report the combined  gross income for all students listed in STEP 1 and enter the appropriate pay period. Include a foster child’s income if you are applying for foster and nonfoster children on the same application. Print the names (first and last) of  all other household members not listed in STEP 1, including yourself. Report the total gross income from each source and enter the appropriate pay period.

Enter the total household size (children and adults). This number  must equal the listed household members from STEP 1 and STEP 3.

Enter the last four digits of your Social Security number (SSN). If no adult household member has a SSN, check the NO SSN box.

4.  CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADULT SIGNATURE – The application must be signed by an adult household member. Print the name of the adult signing the application, contact information, and today’s date.

OPTIONAL –  CHILDREN’S ETHNIC AND RACIAL IDENTITIES

This field is optional to complete and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. Please check the appropriate boxes.

INFORMATION STATEMENT

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price meals. You must include the last four digits of the SSN of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the SSN are not required when you list a CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have an SSN by selecting the checkbox. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs.

QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE

Please contact us at meals@classicalacademy.com.