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Dave and Susan Dudas, co-founders of the Edge Academy, established Akros Middle School for parents that demand a choice for their child's education.  

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The Edge Academy/ Akros Middle School today announced its 2020-2021 program year policy free and reduced price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

 

The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.

 

Application forms are distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should complete an application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. A complete application is required. Households which currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.

 

FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm. Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

 

The information provided on the application is confidential and will only be used for the purpose to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.

 

Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.

 

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact the school for more information.

 

Under the provision of the policy, Faith DeCesare will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis. If a formal appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing from:

 

Faith DeCesare

92 North Union St. Akron, Ohio 44304

330-535-4581 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

 

Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)          fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)          email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Public Release for the Community Eligibility Provision

 

Akros Middle School and The Edge Academy is participating in a Free Breakfast and Lunch program for the current school year 201-2020. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled at the following school(s) may participate in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program at no charge. Household applications are not required to receive free meals, but applications may be distributed by the school to collect household income data for other programs that require this information.

 

All students will be served breakfast and lunch at no charge at the following sites:
Akros Middle School and The Edge Academy

 

For additional information please contact: Faith DeCesare, Lunch Coordinator, Akros Middle School, 265 Park Street
Akron Ohio, 44301

 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

 

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

March 5th, 2020

Dear members of The Edge Academy and Akros Middle School community,

  

The School is aware that the recent spread of Covid-19 (sometimes referred to as “coronavirus,” “Wuhan coronavirus,” or “novel coronavirus”) has caused alarm worldwide. At this time the United States Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) and Ohio Department of Health believe that the risk to the general public is low. Nonetheless, out of an abundance of caution, the School is taking steps to prepare for the possibility of an outbreak of Covid-19.

Rest assured that the School currently has policies and procedures, including an emergency management plan, in place to address the threat of contagious illnesses, and the School will follow all applicable federal, state and local directives regarding this disease.

Student absences due to illness will be excused, and we ask that you please keep your child home if he or she is exhibiting signs of a contagious disease. You should contact your doctor or local hospital if you suspect that your child or a member of your household is exhibiting signs or symptoms of Covid-19 (specifically, fever, cough, and shortness of breath). In the event that your child or a member of your household is suspected of exposure to Covid-19, you must contact the school via telephone immediately.

Please remember that common-sense preventative actions may go a long way in preventing the spread of illnesses, including Covid-19. Specifically,

•           Remember to wash your hands frequently (using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds) or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer;

•           Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing;

•           Avoid contact with people who are sick;

•           Frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces at-home;

•           Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and

•           Stay home if you are sick.

Additional information regarding Covid-19 is available by visiting www.CDC.gov and www.ODH.Ohio.Gov. You may also contact the School if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Faith DeCesare-Director

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