Households may be eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits one of four ways listed below.
1. Households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for reduced price meals or free meals, if they complete an Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals/Milk. Households may complete one application listing all children and return it to your child’s school. When completing an application, only the last four digits of the social security number of the household’s primary wage earner or another adult household member is needed.
2. Food Assistance households, children receiving benefits under the Family Investment Program (FIP) and children in a few specific Medicaid programs are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Most children from Food Assistance and FIP households will be qualified for free meals automatically. These households will receive a letter from their children’s schools notifying them of their benefits. Households that receive a letter from the school need to do nothing more for their children to receive free meals. No further application is necessary. If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, the household should contact the school to have free meal benefits extended to them. Households must contact the school if they choose to decline meal benefits.
3. Some Food Assistance and FIP households will receive a letter from the Department of Human Services (DHS) which will qualify the children listed on the letter for free meals. Parents must take this letter to the child’s school to receive free meals.
4. Food Assistance or FIP households receiving benefits that do not receive a letter from DHS must complete an application with the abbreviated information as indicated on the application and instructions, for their children to receive free meals. When the application lists an Assistance Program’s case number for any household member, eligibility for free benefits is extended to all children in a household.
Eligibility from the previous year will continue within the same school for up to 30 operating days into the new school year. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility. An application cannot be approved unless complete eligibility information is submitted. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. If a family member becomes unemployed the family should contact the school to complete an application. Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits.
Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits. Some foster children will be qualified for free meals automatically through the State Direct Certification process. Their host family will receive notification of these benefits. Families that receive this notification from the school need to do nothing more for their foster children to receive free meals. If a family has foster children living with them and does not receive notification and wishes to apply for such meals, instructions for making application for such children are contained on the application form. A foster child may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for other children. Including children in foster care as household members may help other children in the household qualify for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving benefits. Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals based on a completed application.
When known by the school, households will be notified of any child eligible for free meals if the children are enrolled in the Head Start/Even Start Program or are considered homeless, migrant or runaway. If any children are not listed on the notice of eligibility, contact the school for assistance in receiving benefits. If households are dissatisfied with the application approval done by the officials, they may make a formal appeal either orally or in writing to the school’s designated hearing official. The Policy Statement on file at the school contains an outline of the hearing procedure. School officials may verify the information in the application, and that deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable State and Federal criminal statutes. Households should contact their local school for additional information.
There will be no discrimination against individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in the school meal programs.
Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
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: http://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 USDA by:
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Iowa Nondiscrimination Notice. “It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”
Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School parents will receive “mail-in” registration information via the US Postal Service around July 16, 2018. This packet will include information on how to register school-aged children. For the 2018-2019 School Year, parents may register online, by mail, or in person during the “Walk-In” registration day. Ways to Register: (1) Mail In: Simply download, print and complete all the applicable forms and mail in along with a check, or pay on-line. All the forms are available on the G-R website at www.gladbrook-reinbeck.k12.ia.us. You will see the link for registration materials displayed prominently on the front page. If you do not have access to the website please call 319-345-2712, or stop by the district office and we will mail you a packet of the applicable materials. (2) In Person: Stop in at the G-R JH-HS Commons for “Walk-In Registration” on August 9, 2018. During Walk-In Registration, you can register on-line or bring completed forms. Packets will be available to complete, if needed. (3) Online: In an effort to simplify the registration of your child/children for the 2018-2019 school year, G-R is offering online registration through your JMC parent access. Just go to the G-R website at www.gladbrook-reinbeck.k12.ia.us. Click the “JMC Access” button under the “QuickLinks” column, log in to your JMC parent account and follow the registration instructions. The process of updating contact and demographic information, as well as allow permission for internet, field trip, medications, etc. can all be done electronically within the JMC system to eliminate completing multiple paper forms. You may be directed to a few forms that the school will require parents to print off, sign and return to the school prior to the Registration Deadline. These forms could include documents such as the free/reduced lunch forms (optional) which you can email (to: firstname.lastname@example.org), mail or return to the school in person. Parents taking advantage of the on-line and mail-in registration are asked to submit their materials prior to August 9, 2018. Walk-In Registration will be held at the G-R JH-HS Commons on August 9, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Families wishing to apply for free and reduced lunches are asked to have the application to the G-R Business Office at 600 Blackhawk St., Reinbeck, Iowa 50669, prior to registering August 9th. Registrations received after August 9th will be assessed a $25.00 processing fee. The on-line payment processing firm, PaySchools, is available to parents who wish to pay their fees electronically. The district is encouraging on-line and mail-in registration in order to alleviate congestion during walk-in registration. Families new to the Gladbrook-Reinbeck school district are asked to call the school’s business office at (319) 345-2712 so registration information can be mailed to them. On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Gladbrook-Reinbeck Elementary and the G-R Junior High-High School buildings will be hosting Open House from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Please take this opportunity to stop in and meet your child(ren)’s teacher(s), walk through their schedule, etc. This is a great time for parents and teachers to begin building a positive relationship for the year. Ninth Grade High School Transition Meeting will be held at the beginning of the JH-HS Open House night on August 21, 2018. The meeting will be at 5:15 p.m. in the JH-HS Auditorium. New Student orientation and 5th – 12th Grade 1:1 Computer Roll Out will be held on the first day of school, August 23, 2018. High School Internship Orientation Meeting will be held during Walk-In Registration on August 9, 2018 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM for any High School students who are signed up, or who are interested in signing up, for an internship during the 18-19 school year. Bus routes will be on the district web site in early August. The website is www.gladbrook-reinbeck.k12.ia.us Classes begin August 23, 2018! Welcome back!