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National Red Ribbon Week

National Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated at all Highland Schools beginning on Monday, October 26. Organized by Highland's DARE Program, the week-long theme is "Be the Best You Can Be!" and reminding students that making good and healthy choices will help them do just that!

Each student will receive a Red Ribbon Week bookmark, along with weekly announcement to reinforce positive choices and coordinated activities. 

Red Ribbon Week is about promoting kindness, treating one another like you want to be treated, showing good character and believing in yourself! Remember to share some kindness today with one another! 

Halloween Fun on 10/30

Although Halloween at the elementary schools may look a little different this year, we are hoping to bring some spooky fun by
allowing students to wear costumes to school on October 30, if they choose. Teachers will be incorporating some fall - themed learning activities as well. We are not going to accept food donations/pass out food. We hope to make it a fun day for kids! A few guidelines for costumes:

  • Students should wear their costume to and from school. We will not have students go to the restroom to change.
  • Costumes must be able to be worn in school comfortably (and on the bus). Families should keep in mind students will have their typical school day (recess, lunch, specials).
  • Students should be able to use the restroom independently without needing to remove their costume.
  • Costumes cannot include a mask, as students must still wear the required face covering.
  • No bulky costumes/costumes with accessories.
USDA Extends Free Meal Option through Academic Year

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on October 9 that it is extending regulatory flexibility in light of the pandemic to allow schools to offer free meals to all children through the current academic year. USDA had previously approved flexibility through December.

The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children through June 2021. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.  

Q: What does this mean for Highland students – including those enrolled in the VLA program?
A: All students now qualify for FREE lunch through June 2021.

Q: Does my child have to qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch status?
A: No. All students are eligible to receive meals through this federally subsidized program through June 2021 

If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service Department at 330-239-1901, ext. 5513.

VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form

The Highland School District will offer lunches at NO COST to ANY Highland students enrolled in the Virtual Learning Academy. This service is offered in conjunction with the USDA free lunch program. You do not have to be eligible for free and reduced lunch status to qualify. 

The district will offer school lunch meal “pick-up” on a weekly distribution. Families with students enrolled in the Highland VLA can receive a WEEKLY allotment of their child's school lunches. 

Beginning Monday, September 28 through Friday, December 20, 2020 (end of the USDA free lunch program), lunches will be distributed to families for the entire week. Each lunch bag will contain 5 complete lunches. (Please note, we will not be serving lunches on weekends or scheduled holidays).

All orders must be placed by 12 p.m. on Friday preceding the upcoming week's offering OR parents may sign up for all 12 weeks when completing the form. Parents must complete the following “VLA Lunch Request Distribution Form” in order to receive the free lunches. (COMPLETE A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH CHILD).  DOWNLOAD FORM