Charles County Public Schools are offering a temporary increase in meal credits to help students whose families may be affected by the partial government shutdown, the school system said in a release Friday.
Credits are given for students who try to buy meals at school but have no money in their school accounts. The school district is offering a $30 increase in credits, which will provide students with about two weeks of meal credits.
The increase in credits is being given across the board; students will not have to take any action to request the increase.
Meal credits have increased as follows:
- Elementary school students: $55 (standard limit is $25)
- Middle school students: $45 (standard limit is $15)
- High school students: $40 (standard limit is $10)
The increase began Friday and will remain in place for 30 days after the federal government reopens, the school district said.
Parents will still be responsible for paying any negative meal account balances for their children's school accounts, including the credit given by the school system.
Once a student uses all of the credit, they will receive an alternate main entrée, the school district said.
Anyone with questions may contact the Food and Nutrition Services Department at 301-392-5570 or contact their child's principal.