CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION
Update for Families
I hope this message finds everyone staying safe and healthy. I know many parents are anxious about your children and their return to school in the Fall. More importantly, you want to know what the district’s plan is for returning our students to school. Please know that the Highlands Task Force for Reopening Schools has been working hard behind the scenes to develop a Health and Safety Plan that adheres to the requirements set forth by PDE and the CDC guidelines. As you are aware, just recently, the Governor put more restrictions in place that orders all of Pennsylvanians above the age of 2 years old to wear masks both indoors and outdoors while maintaining 6 feet distance. This new order applies to all school districts in PA as well.
As you can see, these ever-changing orders and requirements will require school districts to constantly revise their Health and Safety Plans in order to be in compliance with these changes. The Task Force is working hard to draft a plan that can be shared with parents and students soon, so that families can begin to plan and prepare for their children to return to school in the fall. Our number one goal is to get students back to school while maintaining the health and safety of all students and staff. On behalf of the Task Force, I thank you all for your patience and cooperation as we continue to work towards this goal. Please continue to visit our website frequently within the next several weeks as this is where all information will be posted related to our Reopening Plans.
Dr. Monique Mawhinney, Superintendent
P-EBT Food Benefits for Families
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 provides temporary benefits, referred to as Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), to families of school-aged children who would receive free or reduced-priced meals if school was in session. The school must participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in order for children to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals and the student must have attended the school as of March 13, 2020.
Highlands families that already have an EBT card for purposes of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) will not be issued a new card. The existing card will be loaded with the additional benefit. Families that qualify for free or reduced-price meals and do not have an existing EBT card will receive a P-EBT card in the mail (one per family, when possible).
Please review the P-EBT Frequently Asked Questions.