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USDA School Meal Waiver Extended

UPDATE September 6, 2020 — The Minnesota Department of Education clarified that all student meals (in-person and distance) will be covered under the USDA School Meal Waiver extension through Dec. 31, 2020, or until funds run out. The below article has been updated to reflect this new information.

September 3, 2020 — Students of Westonka Public Schools will have multiple ways to access meals this fall, depending on their grade level and learning model choice. Due to an extension of the USDA School Meal Waiver announced Aug. 31, Westonka is able to offer all student meals free of charge. If the learning model for a school building, or the district, changes, Westonka Foodies will send information to families regarding updated meal options. Visit the Westonka Foodies website throughout the year for the most up-to-date information, including weekly menus: www.westonkafoodies.com.

Meals for In-Person Learning Days

On days when students are learning in their school building, they will visit Westonka's kitchens and cafeterias as they have in previous years, but with extra safety and physical distancing measures in place.

All meals for in-person learning days will be provided free of charge. Student meals will not be tracked via PINs or classroom checklists, and students will not need to pass through the cashier with a meal. This process will continue until Dec. 31, 2020, or until the USDA funding runs out.

lunch bag Meals for Distance Learning Days

Hybrid Learning Model Students

Students participating in the hybrid learning model will be able to pick up meals on days they are in school to bring home and have for their distance learning days. "A" students pick up meals on Monday and Wednesday. "B" students pick up meals on Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Hybrid A students will pick up meals on Monday for Tuesday and on Wednesday for Thursday AND Friday.
  • Hybrid B kids will pick up meals on Tuesday for Wednesday and on Thursday for Friday AND Monday.

Hybrid meals can be picked up at the Grandview Middle Shool cafeteria 2:40-3:00 p.m. on student days (excluding holidays and non-school days).  

Hybrid meals can be picked up at the Mound Westonka High School cafeteria 3:00-3:30 p.m. on student days (excluding holidays and non-school days).  

All meals for distance learning days in the hybrid model are served free of charge.

Distance Learning Model Students

Students participating in the distance learning model will have the opportunity to pick up food daily from MWHS in front of the Performing Arts Center 3:30-5:00 p.m. daily on student days (excluding holidays and non-school days). Parents and guardians are able to pick up meals for students without the students being present. All distance meals are served free of charge.

Again, please visit the Westonka Foodies website throughout the year for the most up-to-date information: www.westonkafoodies.com.


 

Laura Metzger
metzgerl@westonka.k12.mn.us
(952) 491-8084