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CANON-McMILLAN SCHOOL DISTRICT ROLLS OUT LUNCH POLICY TO ENSURE NO CHILD IS STIGMATIZED
Revised policy adopts proposed strategies in anti-lunch shaming legislation before it becomes law; policy lauded by state, non-profit leaders
(Canonsburg, PA) Sept. 15, 2017 Recognizing that students must not be singled out for a debt they have no power to pay, the Canon McMillan School District today announced the rolling out of a revised lunch policy that ensures no child is stigmatized for economic circumstances beyond their control. The policy, approved by the school board in August, revises the district’s previous policy, put in effect last year in response to a federal mandate requiring districts who participated in the free or reduced lunch or breakfast program to enact a meal charge policy that satisfied lunch account debts.
“In schools throughout the nation, including ours, students have been unintentionally stigmatized in ways that are absolutely not okay,” said Superintendent Michael Daniels. “No matter the ability to pay, every single student entering our cafeterias will be offered a hot lunch with no questions asked. While our previous policy followed state and national standards, those standards focused too much on dollars and cents and not enough on common sense. As the leader of this district, I view this situation as a teachable moment not just for myself, but for every employee, parent and community stakeholder: We’re not perfect. Our government isn't perfect. We must question everything and we must admit when we are wrong. The leaders within our school district and board looked within and decided that we can be and must be a leader on this issue. It is our hope more school districts throughout the state and nation will adopt a similar policy."
The revised policy proactively includes the procedures and guidelines proposed in both state and federal anti-lunch shaming bills, which seeks to establish standards for the treatment of children who are unable to pay for a meal.
“Canon Mc-Millan school district leaders have done the prudent thing by becoming the first school district in the state to essentially adopt my anti-lunch shaming legislation before it becomes law," said Pennsylvania State Senator Jay Costa. "Our children are our most valuable resource and we must treat them as such and show respect for the families at home supporting them. I am hopeful that more school districts will do the right thing and follow Canon Mc-Millan’s lead.”
The revised lunch policy also increases communications efforts to ensure parents and guardians who may qualify for the National School Lunch Program are fully aware of the program. In addition, the communication provides supportive ways for families to view cafeteria nutritional information and to manage their child’s cafeteria account. Further, all communication regarding lunch balances will be made directly to a student's parent or guardian.
"Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank commends Canon-McMillan School District for taking a compassionate and progressive stance with their revised policy for addressing student lunch debt,” said Christina Winniewiez, Child Nutrition Outreach Manager for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “Children need appropriate nutrition to learn, grow and prosper and this policy will ensure that all children, regardless of economic circumstances, will have access to a hot meal each day."
Students who owe money or do not have money for a school meal will not be publicly identified or stigmatized.
“Put simply, we’ve removed any direct student-based communication that was once applied to the student regarding unpaid meal charges and now all of our efforts and supports are directed to the parent,” said Daniels. “I want to thank the generous citizens throughout the nation for their outpouring of support and concern for the emotional well being of our students.”
Canon-McMillan received many unsolicited donations from people wishing to help pay for student lunches. The district will ensure that parents or guardians on payment plans who need help receive this monetary support.
"This is a difficult and complex issue but we are working together to overcome this challenge to be fair to all of our students and their families," said Canon-McMillan Board President Manuel Pihakis. “The emotional well-being of our students is our top priority, and this initiative supports that principle by giving every child access to the same meal while protecting their privacy.”
The auction for surplus district inventory and equipment is live. There are two auction sites setup, one for First Street, and one for Cecil and McDowell. They are as follows:
Auction Preview for all locations: Sept. 29th 4-6pm.
Auction Ends: Oct. 4th 6pm - First Street Elementary
Auction Ends: Oct. 5th 6pm - McDowell Lane and Cecil Elementary
Removal: Oct. 9th 1-6pm - First Street Elementary
Removal: Oct 10th 1-6pm - McDowell Lane and Cecil Elementary
Canon-McMillan High School to Host Financial Aid Events
Canon-McMillan High School officials have announced two upcoming financial aid information events slated for October.
Charlene Bedillion, director of financial aid at Washington & Jefferson College, will be the keynote speaker at Canon-McMillan High School’s Financial Aid Night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Canon-McMillan High School Atrium.
Topics to be covered include an overview of financial aid and scholarship resources. Canon-McMillan parents and students in 11th and 12th grade are invited to attend.
Then from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 6, a representative from PHEAA will be at Canon-McMillan High School library to assist parents in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Families may secure an appointment by registering online at: http://signup.com/go/cUgxkUi.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the counseling department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bus Safety 101: Tips for Parents and Drivers
We get it: Getting used to riding the bus can be a big deal for little ones. A wise man once said, "Knowing is half the battle." Here are some tips to make those first few weeks of school bus riding tear- and fear-free:
• Remind your child that you or another trusted adult will be there waiting for them when they exit the bus at the end of the day.
• Always tell your child's bus driver if someone else will be picking them up from the bus so he or she can reassure them when it's time to get off after school.
• Instill the importance of safety: Tell your child to stand away from the road while waiting for the bus. When the bus stops to pick them up, remind them to take several steps backward to give the driver room to pull over.
• Let them know the rules: Listening to the bus driver's instructions is key, and standing on the bus while it's in motion is not permitted.
• Explain what the bus' red, flashing lights and extended arm bar are for—to tell other vehicles they need to stop. But also remind them that just because drivers are supposed to stop doesn’t mean they always will—stress the importance of looking both ways.
• Remind your child that the safest place to cross the street is in front of the bus where the driver can see you, not behind it.
Since it’s been a while since the big yellow busses have made their way through the communities that compose the Canon-McMillan School District, we also wanted to give some friendly reminders to motorists who encounter school buses when they're travelling Washington County's byways and highways:
• Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
• Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
• Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
• If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
• REMINDER: Do NOT proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
We wish everyone a happy and safe 2017-18 school year!
Celebrating Emergency Service Day with Blessings in a Backpack of Canonsburg
Blessings in a Backpack of Canonsburg partnered with borough Mayor David H. Rhome and municipal fire, police and ambulance personnel helped celebrate Emergency Services Day May 3 doing something they know about well: Giving back.
The group packed food at South Central and First Street elementary schools for children who are eligible to receive a weekly backpack full of food to help meet their dietary needs over the weekend.
This is the second time this school year that local EMS members have helped pack food for children here in the Canon-McMillan School District.
Blessings in a Backpack organizers thanked all of the participants for volunteering their time to help local kids, adding that all involved are looking forward to continuing the parternship in the 2017-18 school year.
CM Business and Finance Director Honored
Congratulations are in order Canon-McMillan's Director of Business and Finance Joni Mansmann, who was elected vice president/president elect of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.
Ms. Mansmann, who was offered a lifetime membership to the organization, was elected to the position at PASBO's annual conference held in Pittsburgh recently.
She will serve as president of the organization in three years.
"This is a remarkable accomplishment and it is an honorable moment for our dedicated Canon-McMillan employee," Superintendent Michael Daniels said.
Ms. Mansmann's professional professional achievement was most recently recognized by the Canon-McMillan Board of Directors at their April meeting.
The mission of the Canon-McMillan School District, in partnership with the community, is to invest in our greatest resource, our students. We strive to teach, challenge and support all students to prepare them for college and careers with the information and skills necessary to compete, achieve and serve as leaders in a global economy as ethical and responsible citizens.
The vision of the Canon-McMillan School District is to graduate all students with the ethical and effective communication, critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in an evolving global economy.
"Striving to be a bully free School District"
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