Weekly Update: Free and Reduced Lunch Program; Montgomery County COVID Testing Sites; Spring-Ford Cyber Learning FAQ; Athletic Updates; and more!
Free and Reduced Lunch Program
The Free and Reduced Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, free or reduced meals to children each school day.
Children can qualify for free or reduced-price school meals based on household income and family size. Children from families with incomes at or below 130% of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130% and 185%of the Federal poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals. Schools may not charge children more than 40 cents for a reduced price lunch.
As part of the National School Lunch Program, the Spring-Ford Area School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.50 at the elementary, and $1.75 at the secondary level. Lunch costs $2.95 at the elementary $2.95, and $3.15 at the secondary level. Students who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program can receive meals at a reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch, or free.
I applied last year, do I have to apply again this year? Yes, Free and Reduced applications must be completed each year, after July 1st. Your Free/Reduced status carries over for the first 30 school days, an application must be received by October 15th. If an application is not received by October 15th your child's status changes to paid.
Will my child’s classmates know that they are on the Free and Reduced Program? No! Participation in the Free and Reduced Program is confidential.
Will my child’s meal be different from their classmates? No! Students are offered all five menu components (protein, vegetable, fruit, grain/bread, milk) daily for lunch. Of the five items offered, each student must select three items. Due to USDA regulations effective July 1, 2012 all students in grades 1-12 must select a fruit or vegetable in addition to or as one of the three items. USDA has implemented these changes to encourage students to eat more fruits and vegetables. If students do not choose a fruit or vegetable to complete their lunch, they will be charged a la carte pricing.
Montgomery County COVID Testing Sites
Testing capabilities have been greatly increased across Montgomery County since the COVID-19 outbreak first began. There are a number of options available (some that are no-cost, and some with a cost) so you should determine which option is best for you.
Click here for a map-based webpage that shows the locations of testing sites in Montgomery County that are open to the public and do not require a doctor’s referral. The Montgomery County Office of Public Health DOES NOT conduct testing for the COVID-19 virus. Their staff can answer questions and do their best to help connect an individual who needs testing with a facility that MIGHT be able to provide that test.
Athletic Registration Forms Drop Off
Athletic Registration forms (PIAA Section 5 Health History and PIAA Section 6 CIPPE Physical) can be dropped off at the 10-12 Building Main Entrance (10th & 11th grade house office entrance), during the month of July. We will only be accepting dropped off forms during the scheduled hours below, you may still mail them in.
Online registration must be completed before forms can be turned in.
- Tuesday, July 14th – 3 PM – 5 PM
- Wednesday – July 22nd – 10 AM – 12 PM
- Tuesday – July 28th – 3 PM – 5 PM
- Thursday – July 30th – 10 AM – 12 PM
Fall Sports Sign Up Form – Grades 7 through 12
Please click on the link below to let the Spring-Ford Athletic Department know if your student is interested in participating in a Fall Sport this year. This is not the Athletic Registration form, this is in lieu of the normal “interest meetings” that are held at the end of the school year. The link will be open from June 11th through July 31st.
Click here to complete the Fall Sports sign up form.
Spring-Ford Cyber Learning FAQs
Spring-Ford Area School District is pleased to offer Spring-Ford Cyber Learning to all grades for the 2020-2021 school year! SFCL has been developed by the Spring-Ford Curriculum and Instruction Department and will be taught by the Spring-Ford teachers your child already knows. SFCL offers students the opportunity to engage in personalized education from home, with the added benefit of being eligible to participate in many SFASD extra-curricular activities.
The goal of SFCL is ultimately to provide a seamless blending of online and brick-and-mortar offerings for all students. The expansion to include all grades gives families an alternative to brick-and-mortar schools, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to complete an Interest Form.
Who can enroll in Spring-Ford Cyber Learning? Anyone in grades K through 12 who currently lives in Spring-Ford Area School District is eligible to enroll in the Spring-Ford Cyber Learning.
Is Spring-Ford Cyber Learning the same as the Red Phase plan? No, Spring-Ford Cyber Learning is not the same as the Red Phase plan. Spring-Ford has offered a cyber option to high school students since 2012. This year, SFCL will expand to all grade levels to accommodate families who may not be comfortable sending their children back to school on August 31st.
Can my child attend the Western Montgomery Career and Technology Center (WMCTC) if they are enrolled in Spring-Ford Cyber Learning? Yes! SFCL students in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 can enroll in courses at the WMCTC for half a day and complete the remainder of their courses in the cyber setting. View the WMCTC Program Guide here.
Can my student participate in SFASD extra-curricular activities? Yes! One of the benefits of enrolling in the Spring-Ford Cyber Learning is that students are eligible to participate in SFASD extra-curricular activities such as Art, Music, Sports, Theater, and even Clubs and Prom.
REMINDER: Special Board Meetings
The Board of School Directors shall convene for Special Board Meetings on Monday, July 13 and Monday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. Participation at these meetings shall be via virtual meeting platform, Zoom, or in-person in the Spring-Ford Area High School cafeteria.
How To Join the Virtual School Board Meeting with Zoom:
- In order to assure the best experience, it is recommended that an attendee installs the Zoom app. This app will work on Apple Devices, PC’s, Chromebook, iPhone and Android device.
- Please click here to install the app: https://zoom.us/download
- Attendees do not need to create an account to join the meeting.
- To join, use https://spring-ford.zoom.us/j/737353244 at 7:30 p.m.
Members of the community attending in-person should expect to practice social distancing and wear masks.