From March through most all summer, the US Department of Education (USDE) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) provided free meals to ANY student at no cost during the school closures across our nation. However, the federal ‘waivers’ providing the free meals expired recently.
Earlier this month, the USDA, which has oversight of the school breakfast and lunch programs, announced an indefinite extension of the waivers.
Extension of the waivers means that ALL breakfast and lunch meals will be FREE to ALL students regardless of income!!! Please encourage your child(ren) to participate. The program is temporary and will only last as long as funding allows. Therefore there will likely be a return to ‘paid’ meals in the future.
The free meals also applies to the food distribution for Festus Online students. If you would like to sign up for free meals for your Festus Online student you can do so by clicking here. Meals are being distributed from the Festus Elementary Upper Cafeteria parking lot from 10am-11am Monday thru Friday when school is in session.
If your child currently has an oustanding meal debt it will still need to be paid. A la carte items, extra food items or extra milk are not covered by the program. Students must have funds in their lunch accounts if they plan to purchase those particular items.
When the funding expires, we will have to resume charging for the meals. So, if you think you qualify for free or reduced priced meals, please go ahead and complete this year’s application so when the time arrives for us to once again charge for meals you will already be set up to receive free or reduced-price meals without interruption.
Jacob Munoz Named Next Principal At Festus Middle School
The Festus R-VI Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Mr. Jacob Munoz to be the next principal of Festus Middle School. Munoz is currently the Assistant Principal. “We are excited for Jake to transition into the role of Middle School Principal,” said Superintendent Dr. Link Luttrell. “ Having served as Assistant Principal, he fully understands the culture and expectations of FMS and most of all truly cares about students."
Dr. Nicki Ruess, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning added, “I am certain Mr. Munoz will continue to have a positive impact on the building in which he is very familiar. I am looking forward to working with him in the lead principal role at the Middle School."
Munoz has been at Festus Middle School since the 2015-16 school year. Prior to Festus, Munoz taught in the Hillsboro R-3 school district and was a Jefferson County Juvenile Youth Care worker. “I’m really excited,” Munoz said. “I have been working in the Middle School for five years and have had the opportunity to work with great students, staff, and families. I am honored to be able to work with them for years to come.”
Munoz and his wife, Jessica, live in Festus with their four children. She is a kindergarten teacher at Festus Elementary School. Munoz has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Administration from Southeast Missouri State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He holds an Administrative K-8 Principal certificate and an Elementary education teaching certificate. He expects to complete his Education Specialist degree in June 2020.