Parents and guardians in Boulder Valley School District can get help with back-to-school tasks like applying for free and reduced lunch at a pop-up Help Center starting Thursday.
District staff can assist people who need help setting up a parent portal account, completing an annual data update and submitting applications for free and reduced lunches, according to a post from BVSD. The center is free and no appointment is needed.
Applying for free and reduced lunch prices is particularly important because this is the first time in two years the district is not offering free meals for all students, which was made possible through temporary funding from the federal government, said district spokesperson Erin Rain.
“We want parents to know if their child is planning to eat lunch on the first day of school, we’re encouraging as many as possible to apply,” Rain said. “We hope a lot of parents saw the value in that because so many more parents and families used the free lunch program (the past two years,) so we hope more will enroll to support the district and the School Food Project.”
If families don’t qualify, they can update their parent portal with payment information for school meals.
Parents enrolling students who are new to BVSD should bring a birth certificate or passport and proof of address, which can be a lease agreement or utility bill from the last three months. Families that have recently moved should also bring proof of address.
The help center will be open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and Monday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 16 at the BVSD Education Center, 6500 Arapahoe Road in Boulder.