Student Immunization Clinics are Aug. 7, 11, 12
In partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), LCPS has scheduled student immunization clinics shortly before the start of the 2014-15 school year, said LCPS Director of Health Services Ellen Williams, RN.
The school district follows NMDOH student immunization requirements exactly, said Williams, who noted that New Mexico school nurses are granted public health authority by the NMDOH secretary for collecting and submitting student immunization information.
Student immunization clinics will be held at Allen Theaters Cineport 10, Mesilla Valley Mall, 700 S. Telshor Blvd., on these dates:
Thursday, August 7;
Monday, August 11 (the first day the 2014-15 school year for first-12th graders); and
Tuesday, August 12 (the first day of classes for kindergarten students). Clinic hours are 8:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Additionally, the West Las Cruces Immunization Center, Doña Ana Public Health Department, offers free, walk-in immunizations throughout the year. Please call 523-7335, ext. 106, for days and times.
“Allen Theaters is a wonderful LCPS/NMDOH partner in this very important student immunization program,” said Williams. “They are providing the space for the clinics, plus they have more than adequate parking and they are on the city bus line,” she said.
Summer is also a great time to schedule Well Child Checks and immunization updates with your Health Care Providers.
For more information, contact Williams at 575.527.5884 or email@example.com. Or, call Debby Hanus of the New Mexico Department of Health at 575.523.7991, extension
To see 2014-15 immunization requirements online, visit http://archive.immunizenm.org/. On the left-hand side of the page, under Important Links, click on Immunization Schedules. Then click on 2014-15 NM School and Daycare Immunization Requirements.
Elementary School Lunch Prices to Increase by 10¢ in 2014-15
The price of school lunch will rise 10 cents for all elementary school students who pay for lunch during the 2014-15 school year, said LCPS Nutrition Services Department Director Nancy Cathey. No other meal prices will change.
Student meal prices for the 2014-15 school year
Regular prices of LCPS meals for students:
• Breakfast for all students: $1.00 (no change).
• Elementary lunch: Price increasing from $1.60 to $1.70.
• Middle school lunch: $1.85 (no change).
• High school lunch: $2.00 (no change).
The price of lunches served to parents and other school visitors: $3 (no change).
• Breakfast for all students: $.30 (no change)
• Lunch for all students: $.40 (no change)
Free breakfast and lunch:
The price increases for regular-priced meals are part of LCPS’ compliance with United States Department of Agriculture regulations that compel school districts to charge students more for regular-price meals. “The USDA has mandated this price increase so that the amount paid for regular-price meals is closer to their actual cost,” said Cathey.
Meals are available to students at regular price, or at a reduced price or free to students who qualify. There is no change in reduced-price meals.
Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, all students at 15 schools: Alameda, Booker T. Washington, Central, César E. Chávez, Conlee, Hermosa Heights, Loma Heights, MacArthur, Mesilla Park, Sunrise, Tombaugh, University Hills and Valley View elementaries; and Lynn and Mesa middle schools will automatically receive meals at no cost. (There is no need for parents to make special application for free meals at these schools.)
In addition, breakfast is free for any student at the schools that serve breakfast in the classroom (César E. Chávez, MacArthur, Booker T. Washington, Mesilla Park. Sunrise, Loma Heights, Hermosa Heights, Central, Conlee, Sonoma, Valley View, Doña Ana, Alameda and University Hills elementaries; and Lynn Middle School); and also at Columbia, Jornada and Sonoma elementaries.
Snacks are provided free to students who participate in eligible after-school programs at all LCPS schools.
Eligibility and Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals
• Household income. If a family has a total household income at or below federal government guidelines, children in that family can receive free or reduced-price meals. Check with the Nutrition Services Department at 527.5995 for these guidelines, or visit http://lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/operations/nutrition-services/ (Under Nutrition Services, click on Guidelines for the Meal Applications| Application and Guidelines for Temporary Food Service).
• Food Stamps, Food Distribution Program, Indian Reservations Funds. If families receive Food Stamps or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations funds for any child, that child can receive free meals at school. If families do not receive a confirmation letter from LCPS, they can contact the Nutrition Services Department at 527.5995.
• Foster children may be eligible for benefits regardless of family income, but their families must complete and submit a free and reduced meal application form.
To apply for free or reduced-priced school meals, parents must pick up an application form from the Nutrition Services Department cashier in their child’s school cafeteria or the secretary in the school’s front office. The completed application form should be returned to the Nutrition Services Department cashier in the school cafeteria. Application forms should NOT be turned in to the child’s teacher. Parents will receive a letter notifying them of eligibility for free or reduced-price meals within 10 days of the school receiving their completed application.
Application forms should include this information: all members of the household, income information or Food Stamp number, parent or guardian signature and the last four digits of parent or guardian’s Social Security number. If a parent or guardian does not have a Social Security number, he or she should mark the appropriate box under the Social Security number space. Those completing the application also should indicate which household members are students by writing in the school name and grade. If the family has no income to list, the parent or guardian must write in “zero” in the appropriate space rather than leaving the income space blank. Incomplete applications will not be approved.
Parents may request that their family’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals be reviewed by school officials at any time during the school year. If a parent does not agree with the decision made by the school about his or her application for free or reduced-price meals, the parent may wish to discuss the matter with Nutrition Services Director Nancy Cathey. She can be reached at 527.5996. The parent also has the right to a fair hearing on the matter. To arrange a hearing, the parent should call or write to the LCPS Health Services Department, 575.527.5884 or 505 S. Main St., Suite 249, Las Cruces, NM 88001.
If a child gets meals based on income information, his or her parents must tell the school if their household income increases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If the child gets meals based on Food Stamp information, his or her parents must advise the school if the family no longer gets Food Stamps.
The information on the application for free or reduced-price meals will be used only to allow a child to receive that service and will be kept completely confidential.
All meals served to students by LCPS are required to meet specific nutritional guidelines established by the USDA. To ensure that guidelines are met, LCPS menus are analyzed using a computer software program approved by the USDA. LCPS also makes appropriate dietary substitutions for students with special needs.
Dietary guidelines for LCPS students in 2014-15:
• Elementary school: one cup of fruit (LCPS will serve one-half cup of juice and one-half cup of fruit to meet the requirement), at least seven grains per week, 350-500 calories per meal. The average sodium level must not exceed 400 mg.
• Middle school: one cup of fruit, at least eight grains per week, 400-550 calories per meal. The average sodium level must not exceed 600 mg.
• High school: one cup of fruit, nine-10 grains per week, 450-600 calories per meal. The average sodium level must not exceed 640 mg.
• Elementary school: one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk per meal, one-half cup of fruit per meal, three-quarters of a cup of vegetables per meal (must include one-half cup of dark green vegetables per week [if leafy vegetables are served, such as romaine lettuce, one cup is served]; three-quarters of a cup of red and/or orange vegetables per week [including carrots and tomatoes], one-half cup of other vegetables [including zucchini, cucumbers and cauliflower] per week); one-half cup of legumes [beans, peas] per week; one-half cup of starches [including potatoes, corn and green peas]; at least eight servings of grains (including bread, tortillas, pasta, rice and muffins [at least one-half of servings must be whole wheat]); at least eight servings of protein (including beef, lean meat and poultry, eggs, beans and nuts) per week. The average sodium level must not exceed 1,230 mg.
• Middle school: one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk per meal, one-half cup of fruit, three-quarters of a cup of vegetables per meal, at least eight ounces of grains per week, and at least nine ounces of protein per week. The average sodium level must not exceed 1,360 mg.
• High school: one cup of fat-free or low-fat milk per meal, one cup of fruit (LCPS will serve one-half cup of juice and one-half cup of fruit to meet this requirement), one cup of vegetables per meal, at least 10 ounces of grains per week, and at least 10 ounces of protein per week. The average sodium level must not exceed 1,420 mg.
All grains served at breakfast or lunch at all schools must be whole grains.
Nutrition Services Department Statistics and Programs
The Nutrition Services Department employs more than 230 warehouse, office and on-site staff.
The department provided about 9,500 breakfasts and 14,500 lunches every school day throughout the school district during the 2013-14 school year, said Cathey.
For more information, contact Nancy Cathey at 575.527.5996 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/operations/nutrition-services/.