Allegations regarding student meals

The Snohomish School District is committed to the education of every child and interested in his/her entire well-being. The health and nutrition of students is vital to creating an opportunity for them to learn and thrive. Our commitment to feeding the whole child extends throughout the year:

  • During the 2013-2014 school year our district served 142,377 breakfasts and 576,325 lunches to kids in grades K-12.
  • Our district has developed an innovative summer feeding program that delivers meals to neighborhoods in our district’s low-income areas. Last summer, through our district’s Kids’ Café Summer Meal Program, we served 5,375 breakfasts and 18,613 lunches (for a total of 25,988 meals) to young people from our community. These meals go to kids who may have otherwise gone without during the summer break.

As a district, we do not deny students breakfast or lunch – ever.

 

There have been allegations made in the media recently regarding a 1st grade student and his lunch service. While we are prohibited under federal privacy laws from discussing student lunch accounts or any student’s status with the district, we can say that the information being shared with the media about the student is unfortunately both inaccurate and misleading.

 

Sodexo, our district’s Food Service provider, has assured us that they never deny students breakfast or lunch. Students who qualify as part of the National School Lunch Program receive breakfast and lunch through our Food Service program. For those who receive assistance in our district, meals are free for the majority of families. Students receive meals without question on school days. Parents whose students do not qualify for the National School Lunch Program put money on their student’s lunch account as they deem appropriate. Should a student’s balance reach negative $20 or more, the student still receives a lunch. No matter what the account balance, we always feed students.

 

Through the media, the family has referenced that the child in question was not given a sack lunch sometime around October 20. At the time of the media reports, the only day we served sack lunches in the district was on Wednesday, October 22. That day was a half day at our district elementary schools due to Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences and students at Cascade View Elementary were dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Because of the early dismissal, hot lunches were not served as part of the district’s Food Service program. However, on student half days such as October 22, our district prepares sack lunches for any student who wants to take one on his/her way home. Students go through a line and self-select sandwiches, fruits, vegetables and drinks.

 

Historically, about 60 students take the sack lunches at Cascade View Elementary on half days. On October 22, there were 90 sandwiches prepared. Unfortunately more students requested sandwiches than were available. Although there were no sandwiches left, students continued to have the opportunity to take fruits, vegetables and drinks home with them.

 

The Snohomish School District is proud of our commitment and passion to supporting the entire child. It is through our close relationships with the Snohomish Community Food Bank, as well as local religious and community organizations, that we are able to help feed kids and families in our district and the surrounding area.

Important school safety message

The October 24 tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School is another reminder of the challenges we face in the community and world in which we live. As many of us watch the news reports and read social medial about this incident, it’s natural for each of us to struggle to understand how something like this could happen. It’s also natural at a time like this that we think about the safety of our own children. The safety of students in Snohomish is our highest priority. To learn more about our efforts, please click here.

Are you ready for winter?

Are you prepared for winter? The Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management suggests that you should expect the worst and be prepared. Stock up on extra food, medicine and other high-demand consumables; keep gutters, drains and ditches free of leaves and debris; trim deadwood branches from trees and get yourself a good snow shovel.

 

Below are important district links and information to help you prepare. We encourage you to print out and familiarize yourself with this important information:

Please note:

  • The times and locations on the limited transportation pdfs reflect normal pick up times - please add 2 hours if there is a two-hour school delay.
  • If routes operate on limited transportation, those routes will be in effect for both the morning and afternoon, even if roads have cleared during the day.
  • There may be a situation in which there is no two-hour delay and buses are operating on limited transportation routes. In these cases, schools will start at normal times.

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Our Mission: The Snohomish School District, in its commitment to excellence, places the success of each student at the center of all decisions and actions. Partnerships and strong academic programs ensure competent, responsible, lifelong learners.

 

The  Snohomish School District #201 does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. 

 

Special thanks to Snohomish community member Todd Elvig for providing the photos in the banner above.