Community Eligibility Provision
Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to inform you that Switzerland County School Corporation will be implementing a new option
available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-2020 school year.
THIS MEANS GREAT NEWS for ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS OF:
Switzerland County Elementary & Jefferson Craig Elementary
These students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household
each day of the 2019-2020 school year. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to
participate in these meals-only programs without having to pay a fee or submit a *Meal application.
Extras or A la carte items will still require funds for purchasing as per our Meal Account Policy.
*Textbook Assistance is not included in this program so applications will still need to be filled out for those families that feel they qualify for Textbook Assistance unless otherwise notified by SCSC. There is a link to the
application included in this letter. **Please fill out the form for processing asap unless you have been notified
that you do not have to submit an application. You can also visit our website at https://www.switzerland.k12.in.us/ under the Health/Nutrition tab to access the link to the online form
**Please be advised that if you do not apply for this benefit you will be held financially
responsible for all textbook fees for the school year and will be billed accordingly.
If we can be of any further assistance, please contact us at 812- 427-2626, [email protected] or
1020 West Main Street, Vevay, IN 47430.
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:
(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;
(3) email: [email protected]. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can every student receive free breakfast and lunch?
The CEP or Community Eligibility Program is a USDA program offered to schools in high poverty areas. Once a school qualifies they may receive the benefit for FOUR years as long as the participation in the program remains high enough to sustain the cafeteria funding. Each year we will continue to explore options to expand the program beyond the first four years.
Does each student need to take a full tray or just what they want?
Your child can go through the line one time free but must take a complete tray. If they go back for seconds or individual ala cart items they are charged per item or for a second lunch.
Can my child pack lunch items and get a tray?
Yes, we encourage each student to eat breakfast and lunch daily. They may also bring items from home to eat with their school lunch.
Do I still need to complete free and reduced forms?
Yes, this will ensure you receive textbook assistance.
Why doesn’t the program extend to Middle School and High School students?
Each building must qualify by having 40% of their students qualified for direct cert. There is a link to sign up on the school nutrition site if you feel you qualify. If the district as a whole, or the individual building, hits 40% we will extend the program to high school students. We check the count monthly and anticipate the Middle School qualifying soon.
How much does this save me as a parent?
Students who eat breakfast save $1.10 and students who eat lunch save $2.35 per day. With 180 school days this is a total savings of $621.00 per child per family per school year.
My child says they do not like school lunch.
We encourage parents to stop by during the summer and eat lunch or breakfast with your child. The quality of school lunch has improved over the recent years.
Can an adult eat school lunch?
Yes, during our summer lunch program you can walk in and eat lunch for $3.00 per meal and you can even order it to go for your entire office. If you call the school by 10:30 a.m. at (812) 427-2626 you can order to go meals for your office staff. We will prepare a lunch to go for your office at the cost of $3.00 per meal. After your order you can quickly swing by and pick up a great lunch at a low cost for your entire office.
Can I see a menu for the summer meals and during the school year?
Yes, we post the menu on the school site and it will be emailed home during the school year.