P-EBT INFORMATION Q&A
Student P-EBT for the 21-22 School Year
P-EBT benefits will be issued for the 21-22 school year under new program rules. This year, eligibility and benefit amount are based on the individual student’s attendance record. To be eligible for benefits, the student must be approved for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program AND experience one or more days in quarantine or temporary virtual instruction.
Students will only receive benefits for days when they had a COVID-19 related absences from school.
- Quarantine (attendance code: 1D) refers to when the school tells the student to stay home because of COVID-19 related symptoms, illness, or exposure or parent/guardian informs the school about a student's COVID-19 related symptoms, illness, or exposure and the school approves the absence.
- Temporary virtual instruction (attendance code: 1R for present off-site) refers to when the student is enrolled in a physical school but is in virtual or remote learning for a temporary period because of COVID-19. Students can be in temporary virtual instruction if they are enrolled in a physical school.
Your child’s school will determine if their absence is related to COVID-19 and will record that in their attendance record. Eligibility and benefit amount will be rechecked each month. Contact your child’s school if you have questions about your child’s attendance record.
For more information, please visit ncdhhs.gov/PEBT.
MESSAGE #1: ELIGIBILITY EXPLAINED
P-EBT Update on SY 21-22: Eligibility criteria has changed for Student P-EBT this school year and is based on the attendance of an individual student, not the circumstances of the school.
What counts as QUARANTINE and TEMPORARY VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION for P-EBT eligibility?
Quarantine refers to when the school tells the student to stay home because of COVID-19 related symptoms, illness, or exposure. A school may also approve quarantine days if the parent/guardian informs the school that the student has COVID-19 symptoms, illness, or exposure.
Temporary virtual instruction refers to when the student is enrolled in a physical school but is in remote learning for a temporary period because of COVID-19.
New this year, individual students must experience day(s) of COVID-19 quarantine and/or temporary virtual instruction. Because students will receive their free or reduced-price meals at school when attending in-person, P-EBT benefits will only be given for days when the student’s attendance record shows days of COVID-19 related absences in quarantine and/or temporary virtual instruction.
Same as last year, students must still be approved this year for free and reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Check here to see if your child’s school participates: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/NSLPCEPList. Contact your child’s school if you would like to apply for NSLP free or reduced-price meals.
For more information, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT. #NCPEBT
MESSAGE #2 CHECK ELIGIBILITY
P-EBT Update on SY 21-22: Eligibility criteria has changed for Student P-EBT this school year to meet federal program rules and is based on the attendance of an individual student, not the circumstances of the school.
To see if your student is eligible for P-EBT this school year, check their eligibility with the ELIGIBILITY FLOWCHART here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/EligibilityChartENG or https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/EligibilityChartSPAN.
With most students having meals at school in-person, many this year will not receive P-EBT or will get fewer benefits only for eligible days based on the individual student’s attendance record.
For more information, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT. #NCPEBT
MESSAGE #3: Update FNS/School Information
P-EBT Update on SY 21-22: Please confirm and update your household’s information so P-EBT benefits can be correctly issued – read below for more information on how.
If you have an FNS case, contact your case worker to confirm that your household information is correct and update it if needed.
If you do not have an FNS case, contact your child’s school to confirm that your household information is correct and update it if needed.
For more information on P-EBT this school year, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT. #NCPEBT
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