THE HENTON HEADLINES
June 17, 2021
Here’s the scoop for the week...
Might automatically enrolling children into F/R priced meals without a form be the answer?
As you know, it has been exceptionally challenging during the pandemic to have all qualifying families complete the necessary form for F/R priced meals, which in turn affects the amount of compensatory funding school districts receive. In most cases, school districts will be receiving a decline of this funding stream as there was not an incentive for all families to complete the form. With this in mind, the information below might provide an optimistic view of what could be to come:
USDA Responds to AASA's Request to Expand Direct Certification with Medicaid Demonstration Project
On June 11, 2021, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) submitted a response to AASA's allied coalition letter requesting that the department extend and expand opportunities for states to participate in the Direct Certification with Medicaid (DC-M) Demonstration Project, which currently enables 19 states to use Medicaid data to directly certify students for free or reduced-price school meals, under the authority provided in Sections 9(b)(15) and 18(c) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act. Specifically, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack stated that "USDA is actively working to identify possible options for building upon our existing DC-M demonstrations, and we look forward to offering expanded opportunities in the near future."
Happy Father’s Day to all MASA members who are dads!
We celebrate all our dads and are grateful for being, or having been under their guiding light!
"Truly great leaders spend as much time collecting and acting upon feedback as they do providing it." - Alexander Lucia
|June 20||Father's Day|
|June 24-25||MASA Board Retreat|
|June 25||DUE: Application for The Minnesota Tax and Aid Anticipation Borrowing Program (MNTAAB), http://www.mnmsba.org/MNTAAB|
|June 29||MASA Annual Business Meeting | 11 am|
|June 30||DUE: MDE Minnesota Continuous Improvement Process|
|DUE: MDE Finalize Title I application|
|DUE: MDE ESSER II
|The applications for ESSER II 90% allocation and the allocation to entities that don’t receive the 90% allocation are due June 30, 2021 (FIN155 or FIN156)|
|July 1||Due: MASA Membership Renewal|
|July 4||Independence Day Observed|
|July 14||MDE: District and School Student Results (DSR and SSR) files available|
|July 15||DUE: MDE Seclusion Report
|Quarter 4 (April 1-June 30) due July 15|
|July 20||Eid al-Adha|
|August 4||2021 Back to School Conference: Reconnecting - Held Virtually 8-10 am|
|Registration coming soon!