Posted Date: 09/23/2020
Dear Parents of Union Students,
During these unprecedented times we are all struggling with ways to maintain some normalcy in all aspects of our daily life. Currently there is a pressing need in our district which can only be met with your support and cooperation. Union Public Schools depends on state and federal funds for the daily operations’ costs and to support the many programs we have in place for your students. Our funding is influenced heavily by the number of students who qualify for the USDA National School Lunch program. Due to the number of virtual students and the impact of ‘free’ meals being offered our qualifying student number is significantly lower to date. We are asking all Union parents to complete and submit an application for the free and reduced meals program if you have not done so already. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30. Click here to be directed to the online application for free and reduced meals.
Union Public Schools depends on this program to provide us with funding not only for meals but also for multiple other programs. The e-Rate program provides us with funds for many of our technology initiatives and our free or reduced meals percentage determines our level of e-rate funding. Our federal Title programs, like Title I for extra support for low income families, Title III for our English learners, and Title X for our homeless students, all receive additional funding based on our percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced meals. Many of the special services we offer to our students are made possible due to the percentage of families who qualify for free or reduced meals. It is important that you complete and submit an application prior to September 30 so the appropriate allocations will be distributed this year for our students. We realize for personal reasons many of you who would qualify do not see the need to complete the application. However, even if your child does not plan to take advantage of the free or reduced meal program, other programs will be negatively impacted if our student numbers decrease. For those who have received subsidized meals in the past, please remember that you need to reapply every year, and take the time to fill out the application again.
Also, statistics tell us that the pandemic has had a negative impact on the income levels of many families, so I’m writing to encourage you to please take the time to fill out an application for free or reduced meals for your student(s), even if you have not qualified in the past. We appreciate your continued support.
Kirt Hartzler, Ed.D.