Temporary food benefits for children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is currently working on identifying students that have qualified for Free or Reduced-priced school meals at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program so they can receive P-EBT. The P-EBT is a temporary supplemental income to be spent on food for students that have qualified for free or reduced-price school meals.  DHS applied for and was awarded funding from USDA to distribute P-EBT to students that qualify. This is an additional benefit to the free school meals available from MMSD.

  • If you have a question about Pandemic EBT or P-EBT , which are temporary food benefits for children who usually get free or reduced-price school meals, please visit the Wisconsin Department of Health Services webpage for more information.
  • If you have a child or children who qualified for free or reduced-price meals this year or attend a CEP school, you do not need to take any action at this time. If you participate in a state benefit program, such as FoodShare or BadgerCare Plus, the benefits will automatically be provided on your Quest card if you have one or on a P-EBT card that you will receive in the mail. 
  • You will be notified by approximately May 21 if you are getting benefits.
  • All students who attend a CEP school will receive the P-EBT benefit regardless of free or reduced-price eligibility status.
  • The WI Department of Health Services (DHS) has compiled a list of all free and reduced-price students in Wisconsin to provide benefits to. The list is not all-inclusive and may accidentally exclude those that qualify. To ensure all qualifying students receive the P-EBT benefits, DHS has created an online application. A link will be posted to the MMSD Food & Nutrition Department website.
  • The Health and Human Services webpage will be updated as more information becomes available
  • Please do not contact your school or Food & Nutrition Department at this time as they will not have any additional information.

Need support with your Chromebook?

The Family, Youth & Community Engagement (FYCE) Department has produced three videos to support you with your Chromebooks. The video topics are logging into your Chromebook, switching user accounts and accessing Gmail. These videos can be found on the FYCE Facebook Page.

Reminder: WiFi access points at schools

We are committed to doing everything we can to ensure all students can access the internet for virtual learning. In addition to the existing options, most recently we've installed Wireless Access Points (WAPs) at Leopold, Lake View, Mendota, Toki, Orchard Ridge, Lincoln and Falk. 

These WAPs will allow staff and students to access MMSD wireless internet from outside the building using their MMSD-issued device. These WAPs will not allow access to the internet using a non-MMSD device. Wireless internet will be available from 8 am-5 pm seven days a week at these WAPs, and the range is up to 500 feet from the buildings. Learn more, including important reminders about social distancing at our WAPs.

Seniors: Sign up for important college reminder texts

To support recent graduates through the transition to college, encourage your senior student to sign up for texts from MMSD counselors (parents can sign up too). Students will receive approximately 15 text messages throughout the summer reminding them of important next steps, and counselors will be available to respond to text messages and meet with students/families when needed. Their information will not be shared with anyone. 

The following are examples of what counselors will support students with: 

  • Applying for and obtaining financial aid
  • Responding to unanticipated college-related expenses
  • Balancing the challenges of life, work and college planning
  • Completing required college paperwork
  • Communicating with their colleges
  • Connecting students to appropriate resources and supports at their college. 
  • Supporting a change in plans due to COVID 19

Sign up here.

Tune in to our press conference

As a reminder, we've been holding regular virtual press conferences, which is an opportunity for reporters to ask questions of the school board and administration. You can watch the conferences live on this channel. In this week's press conference, we answered questions about our 2020 graduation plans -- both virtual and in-person celebrations -- as well as budget, summer school staffing and our May 13 professional development day.

Join us on Facebook Live on May 14 for our next Coping During COVID-19 session

Join us for our next live session Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. on Managing Your Money in Uncertain Times, part of our Coping During COVID-19 Facebook Live series. While your health is the most important thing to keep in mind, you might also be concerned about the economy and your financial wellness. That's why MMSD is collaborating with Summit Credit Union to ensure you get the money management tips and tools needed to help you better understand your personal finances. You'll hear from MMSD's Director of Family, Youth and Community Engagement Angela Fitzgerald Ward and Summit Credit Union Financial Education Specialist, Amy Crowe. Together, they'll walk you through knowing where you stand, using what you have, saving, budgeting and changing your financial habits to get you through uncertain times. Ask your questions in the comment section during the presentation and our experts will answer them in real time. 
 
You can view our live session from Wednesday, May 6 here. featuring MMSD's Lead Nurse, Kari Stampfli and Public Health Nurse and Immunization Coordinator, Sarah Hughes of Public Health Madison & Dane County.