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AISD Receives USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant

Ashland Independent School District is pleased to announce Ashland Independent Schools are recipients of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FFVP provides all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day. It is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options. The FFVP also encourages community partnerships to support the schools when they offer free fruits and vegetables to children during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to:

• create healthier school environments by providing healthier food choices

• expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience

• increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption

• make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health

Kentucky Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits Update!!!

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, food security continues to be a top priority for many Kentucky families. Last school year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Pandemic-EBT to allow families of Kentucky students to receive money for groceries to replace meals missed at school due to distance learning during the pandemic.

The USDA has now approved Kentucky to provide Pandemic-EBT to students for August and September 2020. This round of benefits will be available to any Kentucky student that receives free lunches at school through the National School Lunch Program. Eligible students will receive benefits for school days spent distance learning in August and September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What to Expect from the Ashland Independent Food Service Department!!!

As a result of COVID-19, the Ashland Independent Food Service Department has experienced many changes and continues to evolve as we maneuver through these challenging times.  We want to keep parents abreast of these revisions as they occur.  The USDA governs all local school nutrition programs and sets guidelines we must follow.  Currently as a result of lifted restrictions, we are implementing the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which is very different than the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program we typically follow during a “normal” school year.  

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Notice of COVID-19 Reporting

The state has enacted an emergency regulation (902 KAR 2:020E) requiring all schools to report the number of new COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Parents and guardians are required to alert their child’s school if they test positive for COVID-19. In addition, schools will have to report the number of students and staff who are quarantined because of exposure to the virus. If you have any questions, please contact the

REVISION TO MEAL SERVICE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2020!!!

Beginning September 28th, 2020 Ashland Independent School District will provide an in-person learning option for students.  As a result, the current structure of meal distribution will change.  Students choosing the in-person instructional model will have access to one free breakfast and one free lunch each day at school.

Students choosing the virtual platform may continue to utilize any of our 8 school sites to receive meals.  

These sites include Ashland Exceptional Early Childhood Center, each elementary school, Ashland Middle School, and Ashland Blazer High School.  We will continue to utilize the “drive-through system to minimize contact.  The meal service times at each school location will remain the same.  We will serve from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at each school site.  On Monday and Wednesday each student will receive an additional breakfast and lunch for the non-service days.  In order to receive a meal, the child must be present OR the parent/guardian must present the student’s meal card to the food service worker at the time of meal pick-up.  Please note we will NOT provide mobile sites when in-person instruction is available.  The last day for mobile sites to be available will be Friday, September 25th, 2020. 

We remain committed to providing meals for the students in our community during this difficult time.  We will keep parents abreast of any changes.  If you have questions please contact Linda Calhoun or Lena Reese at 606-327-2706.  You may also contact your child’s school cafeteria manager.

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