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Starting in August, school breakfast and lunch will no longer be free for all students. We encourage ALL families to apply for the free and reduced lunch program.
 
The application can be found here. Only students who were on free status in 2020 will have a grace period of 30 days after school begins.
 
**If you have students at both schools, Rowlett Elementary Academy and Rowlett Middle Academy, only fill out one application, putting them on the same one. Please include ALL household members, even if they don’t attend Rowlett Academies. **If you have students that attend a Manatee County school, you will need to fill out a separate application for them through the county’s website.
 
To make paying for lunch easier, please use MyPaymentsPlus.com to add money to your student’s account. It is free to register. Make sure to go to WILLIAM MONROE ROWLETT ACADEMY, not Manatee District Schools. Our prices may change due to the rise in food costs. Menus are subject to change with no notice due to the availability of food items.  Please watch for updates in Bloomz and on our website for more information. 
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In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA. Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
 
The USDA is committed to treating everyone with dignity and respect. No student or family should be forced to go hungry due to discrimination. On May 5, 2022, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it is taking steps to prevent LGBTQI+ individuals from experiencing discrimination when they access federally funded food and nutrition services. In practice, this means state and local agencies, program operators, and sponsors that receive funds from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) must review allegations of discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Those organizations must also update their non-discrimination policies, informational materials and websites to include prohibitions against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. The change gives recourse for LGBTQI+ individuals who experience discrimination by or within a FNS program. If discrimination does occur, that person can now file a complaint of sex discrimination.
 
For example, someone who identifies as LGBTQI+ should be able to get assistance from or volunteer with a food bank that participates in USDA’s The Emergency Food Assistance Program without fear of rejection or discrimination. Similarly, a student who identifies as LGBTQI+ should be able to participate in the National School Lunch Program. If discrimination does occur, the individual can now file a complaint of sex discrimination.
 
USDA has established processes to review civil rights compliance in the programs under its purview.  USDA’s goal during any investigation or compliance related action is to work with state and local agencies and other program recipients to resolve the complaint at the lowest possible level to ensure benefits and services continue without interruption. Please be assured that our shared goal is that all persons have equal access and an opportunity to participate in USDA’s Food programs. 
 
For additional information regarding our policy, please review the updated guidance memorandum here. For additional information regarding our complaint process, please review the Civil Rights - FAQs | Food and Nutrition Service (usda.gov).