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September 15th, 2020

No Cost Curbside Meals, Free and Reduced Meal Application

As a reminder, the USDA approved for CMCSS to continue serving free breakfast and lunch meals to all children 18 and under, as the district has since March. The USDA stated that these free meals will be available through December 2020, or until funds run out. No information has been made available beyond December 2020. 

 Meals are available for all children 18 and under in Montgomery County, including students in CMCSS K-12 Virtual, students enrolled in traditional, and children not enrolled in CMCSS schools.

Traditional students may receive a free breakfast and lunch each school day, inside their school building, as part of their regular day. 

CMCSS K-12 Virtual students and children not enrolled in a CMCSS school may pick up meals curbside. All curbside meals will be available at the closest elementary school beginning Friday, September 18. Curbside meals will no longer be available for pick-up at any middle or high school locations. Families with multiple children can pick-up all meals in one location. 

Weekday meals are available Mondays from 1 – 2 p.m. for CMCSS K-12 Virtual and non-enrolled children, 18-years-old and under, at all CMCSS elementary schools. 

Weekend meals are available Fridays from 1 – 2 p.m. for CMCSS K-12 Virtual, traditional students, and non-enrolled children, 18-years-old and under, at all CMCSS elementary schools. 

Children are not required to be present for curbside pick-up. The person picking up meals will need to provide the name of the child(ren) not present. 

Although pre-payment for meals will not be needed, if a student wants to purchase any items available outside of the free meal served in the cafeteria, funds will need to be applied to his/her account. Parents/guardians can preload funds on a student’s account at www.schoolcafe.com. This is the preferred and fastest way to add funds. Or, families may mail a check in advance to the cafeteria at their student’s enrolled school. No payments will be accepted curbside. Funds already applied to a student’s account can remain on the account for use when this program ends.

It is currently expected that the breakfast and lunch meals will be provided to students free of charge through December of 2020, this could potentially end earlier if funding for the free meals from the Federal Government runs out prior to the end of December 2020. Once the free meal program ends, each student’s meal eligibility status will take effect at that time, and a cost will be associated with each meal purchased unless the student receives an approved free meal eligibility status. A student’s eligibility status will change to paid status if an approved application is not on file and approved by Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 4:30 pm. Please remember that parents or guardians are responsible for charge balances on their student’s account. 

As a reminder, the grace period for the Free and Reduced Meal Program will end on Wednesday, October 21. If you feel that your child qualifies for free and reduced meal benefits, and you have not filled out a free/reduced application for this school year, or you have not received a letter stating that your child is on the program for this school year, you will need to fill out an application. For a quicker application method, you can go to the online application at www.schoolcafe.com. If you choose to have a paper application, they are available at your child’s school or at Central Office.

For questions regarding Free and Reduced Meal Applications, contact [email protected]

 


August 27th, 2020

Learning Mentor Training

CMCSS K-12 Virtual Families:
If you have not yet completed Learning Mentor training, please be sure to complete that no later than September 1, 2020.

Traditional Families: 
If you would like to understand how the online learning platforms work, some of this information may be useful to understand. Not all requirements will be applicable to traditional students.

Learning Mentor training and a Learning Mentor website is available for mentors and parents! It is important for all Learning Mentors and parents/guardians of CMCSS K-12 Virtual students to complete the training by clicking the link below.  At the end of the training, you will be asked to complete an acknowledgment form. This will include verification that you have completed the training as well as a request to read, review, and provide a signature for the CMCSS Privacy Release, Consent, and Agreement for Virtual Classes/Groups.

REMINDER:

As soon as possible, please have your student turn on his or her computer and make sure it is working and they are able to login with the username and password.  This will help you make sure you are ready for Monday! If you have experienced technical problems, read through the troubleshooting guide here.

CMCSS K-12 VIRTUAL FAMILY REQUIREMENTS:

  • One form is to be completed for each student.
  • Learning Mentor training is to be completed by September 1, 2020.

LINKS:

If you need assistance, you can visit one of our Live Assistance Zoom Rooms by clicking one of the links below.  If you do not have access to the internet, you may call our helpline at 931-920-7779.  Our help hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00-11:30, and 12:30-4:00.

LIVE ASSISTANCE:


August 27th, 2020

Technology Support Instructions

Every CMCSS K-12 student will have a laptop assigned for the 2020-2021 school year, which starts Monday, August 31. The following information will assist with login information and general troubleshooting.  Please review the information below prior to the start of the school year.

Password Retrieval and Login Information

Information for your student’s login can be found through the link provided in your email. Each link is specific to your student.  This link will expire shortly after the start of the school year, so please retain this login information in a secure spot for future reference.

QuickCards

Quick Cards are a scan card that includes a QR code unique to your student. These cards are only provided for Kindergarten through second-grade. This should have been taped to your student’s laptop or included in their materials during laptop pick up. If you did not receive a QuickCard you must contact your student’s enrolled school. Third grade and above should use the password retrieval process indicated above.

Required Updates

If your CMCSS K-12 Virtual School student was issued a laptop last year and kept that laptop over the summer, they will need to have updates installed prior to the first day of school.  This will allow connectivity to the CMCSS network and access to required online resources.  This process takes only a few minutes, but must be done while near a CMCSS school building to ensure the computer can connect to the school’s network.

For details be sure to read the instructions here:

Please visit https://www.cmcss.net/installing-required-updates-on-your-cmcss-student-laptop/ which includes the necessary steps for these updates to be installed.   We would recommend these steps be followed prior to the afternoon of Friday, August 28, so that the student can contact the CMCSS Support Network for further assistance at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/cmcssk-12virtualstudents/live-assistance.

Traditional Students are welcome to follow these same steps in advance of the first day of school, or wait until the first day of school when they return to the classroom.

Troubleshooting Internet Connection Issues

Please have your CMCSS K-12 Virtual student attempt to log in prior to the first day of school.  If he or she can sign in successfully but cannot access the internet, a fix is available to address this issue.  This process takes only a few minutes, but must be done while near a CMCSS school building to ensure the computer can connect to the school’s network. For details be sure to read the instructions here.  Please visit https://www.cmcss.net/installing-required-updates-on-your-cmcss-student-laptop/ to view the necessary steps for this update to be installed.  Traditional Students are welcome to follow these same steps in advance of the first day of school, or wait until the first day of school when they return to the classroom.  We would recommend these steps be followed prior to Friday afternoon, so that the student can contact the CMCSS Support Network for further assistance at https://sites.google.com/cmcss.net/cmcssk-12virtualstudents/live-assistance.

Traditional Students are welcome to follow these same steps in advance of the first day of school, or wait until the first day of school when they return to the classroom.

Continued Laptop and Hotspot Distribution

Students who have not yet received their laptop should watch from communication from their enrolled school. The district will be communicating directly to families who have not yet received their device.

Attendance Concerns Regarding Laptop Connection Issues

CMCSS K-12 Virtual students who are still experiencing known connection issues, and have a work order submitted, that limits them from accessing their computer on August 31 will not be considered absent. The Technology Department is actively working to resolve connection issues. All CMCSS K-12 Virtual families are strongly encouraged to try the troubleshooting techniques above prior to submitting a work order. Traditional students should bring their device to school on August 31 to confirm all technology concerns are addressed while in the school’s network.

Additional Laptop or Hotspot Assistance

If your student needs additional assistance with their student laptop or hotspot, please have them submit a work order at http://techhelp.cmcss.net/secure/Dashboard.jspa or call (931) 920-7779.  Instructions on submitting a technology work order can be found at http://ior.ad/74bR