Dear MNCS Families:
Last week, the Minnesota Legislature passed SF31,which provides an extension of the deadline for certifying free and reduced-price meal applications for this school year only. This is also a reminder that this form can be filled out at any time especially if your circumstances may have changed as a result of the pandemic.
You can help generate state aid for MNCS by completing the Application for Educational Benefits or the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits and returning it to MNCS. You can also fill out the form online in the JMC registration portal: https://www.newcountryschool.com/page/jmc-registration-portal These are household income statements; only one application is needed per household but each district or charter school in which students in the household are enrolled would need a copy.
Students in households that meet the free or reduced-price meal income guidelines will generate compensatory revenue for their school. Schools must use compensatory revenue to meet the needs of students who are behind their peers, such as remedial instruction, instructional materials including digital learning and technology, bilingual programs and additional teachers and teacher aides. These applications may also make teachers in your school eligible for the federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program if they have outstanding college loans. However, the household must complete and return the forms, or complete the online form, no later than Jan 4th(new extended deadline) so the school can calculate eligibility and report to MDE. This will not impact your students’ eligibility to receive free meals during the 2020-21 school year.
If you have any questions, please email Jake Zeiher at: firstname.lastname@example.org