Tulsa Public Schools releases updates to 2020-2021 meal service
While Tulsa Public Schools students will begin the school year in the distance learning model, the district will continue to provide enrolled students with nutritious breakfast and lunch meals. During Back to School Week only (Monday, Aug. 31 – Friday, Sept. 4), parents and families will be able to pick up meals for the week during their school’s distance learning supply pick-up day. Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the district will begin regular meal service at 60 school-based “Grab-and-Go” meal sites and at 85 “Mobile Meals” bus stops.
During distance learning, meals will be served on Mondays only, excluding holidays. Meal-sites and service times are available at www.tulsaschools.org/mealsites. Meals will only be available to students enrolled in Tulsa Public Schools. Parents and families can continue to pick up meals without having their student present and must bring one of the following forms of student identification: student ID card or Clever (distance learning) log-in badge, enrollment letter, text message sent to all parents/guardians on Friday, Aug. 28 from the district’s short-code (67587), or SchoolMessenger app with student’s name linked to the account. During Back to School Week, parents will receive a printed sign for their car dashboards that can also be used to pick up meals.
The district’s “Mobile Meals” bus-stop service will operate from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Mondays, except for on holidays. Due to the Labor Day holiday, meals will be served on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tulsa Public Schools buses will park at approximately 85 stops throughout the city and provide to-go breakfast and lunch meals. Buses will park for approximately five minutes or until the last meal is served.
Grab-and-Go meal service will be available on Mondays every week, except for on holidays. Families will pick up five breakfast meals and five lunch meals to cover the entire week. Due to the Labor Day holiday, meals will be served on Wednesday, Sept. 9 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
- Meal pick-up options: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. OR 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Parents can pick up both breakfast and lunch meals between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. or between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
- Families with pre-K through 8th grade students should only pick up meals from an elementary, middle school, and/or junior high school to receive the age-appropriate portion size.
- Families with 9th through 12th grade students should only pick up meals from a high school site to receive the age appropriate portion size.
- If families are unable to pick-up meals at their school where their child is enrolled, they can go to their neighborhood school.
- Families with pre-K through 8th grade students should only pick up meals from their neighborhood elementary, middle school, and/or junior high school to receive the age-appropriate portion size.
- Families with 9th through 12th grade students should only pick up meals from their neighborhood high school site to receive the age appropriate portion size.
- Under the Community Eligibility Provision, all pre-K through 5th grade students will continue to receive breakfast and lunch meals free of charge.
- Students in the 6th through 12th grades are subject to the free, reduced, and paid meal charges as per a regular school year. Paid breakfast is $1.90 and paid lunch is $3. Visit www.tulsaschools.org/mealsites for information on meal payments.
- Students and families in the secondary grades should visit www.tulsaschools.org/mealapp to complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application. Students who received free or reduced priced lunches in the 2019-2020 school year will retain their eligibility for the first 30 days of the school year. Applications are due on or before Thursday, Oct. 1
District staff will continue to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines for health screenings, personal protective equipment, and safe distancing. Parents and families are asked to follow City of Tulsa safety guidance around face masks and safe distancing.
For more information about 2020-2021 meal service during distance learning, visit www.tulsaschools.org/mealsites. Parents should contact their child’s school for information about Back to School Week schedules. “Mobile Meals” sites will be posted at www.tulsaschools.org/mealsites.