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

A household may apply at any time during the school year by completing TCA’s Household Data Collection form, which can be found in your Household Portal in Pathways. 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 a revised Household Data Collection form at that time.

DIRECT CERTIFICATION

A Household Data Collection form is not required if you receive a notification letter indicating all students in your home are automatically certified for free or reduced-price meals. If you did not receive a letter and believe your children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, please complete a new Household Data Collection form in Pathways.

VERIFICATION

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

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 a Household Data Collection form.

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 non-foster children on the same household data collection form and must report any personal income earned by the foster child. If the non-foster 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, Chief Information Officer, 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.

QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE

Please contact us at meals@classicalacademy.com.

HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

If you received a notification letter indicating all students in your home are automatically certified for free or reduced-price meals, you do not need to apply for the meal program.

If you did not receive a letter and believe your children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, please complete a new Household Data Collection form in Pathways.

Complete one Household Data Collection form per student in your household. 

– Log into your Household Portal:

TCA, Escondido, and CAMS

CAHS, Studio, and PLC

TCA, Vista

Coastal Academy and Coastal Academy High

– Username – this is the email you used to register your student

– Password – created during registration

– Click on Household Data Collection under your student’s name on the left. 

– Then click in the Sign Document box in the middle of the screen.

– Complete lines 1 and 2

– Digitally sign using your mouse/trackpad and type your name underneath the signature box. 

– Scroll down and click the Submit Agreement on the bottom right of the page.

– Remember to do this for each student in your household.

– Notify us at meals@classicalacademy.com that your form has been completed.

QUESTIONS OR ASSISTANCE

Please contact us at meals@classicalacademy.com.