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'Need to Know' Updates for the Week of February 21, 2021

The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program helps families purchase food for children whose access to free or reduced-priced meals at school has been impacted by COVID-19 because students are learning virtually, outside of brick-and-mortar schools. P-EBT is a collaboration between the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Public Instruction. The P-EBT benefits will be provided through the current EBT system. EBT is an electronic system that replaced paper food stamp coupons with a card that is like debit card. Pandemic Electronic Benefits (P-EBT) provides a benefit on an EBT, or Electronic Benefits Transfer, card. The P-EBT card functions like a standard EBT card. The P-EBT card can be used to purchase food items at EBT authorized retailers, including most major grocery stores.
Families do not need to apply for P-EBT. Eligible families already receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits will receive an additional benefit on their existing EBT card. Eligible families who do not have an FNS or P-EBT card will be mailed a card. For more information about P-EBT eligibility, about the program, who is eligible, and how families will receive the benefit, please visit www.ncdhhs.gov/PEBT.  
 

The next Cumberland Family Academy session titled "Virtual Learning 2.0: Canvas & Webex Overview" takes place on Thursday, February 25 at 6 p.m. This session will provide families with tips and tools to help with assignment completion, grade checks, and overall support with virtual learning lessons. This also includes a Q & A session.  To register, visit the district website. Click here to register and to view the spring schedule.

The district's meal sites continue to serve meals to all children 18 years and younger at no charge. Each child may receive one breakfast and one lunch per day at no charge from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays or families may choose a five-day meal bundle.  For meal site locations and meal bundle information, click here.
 
The video submission deadline (February 24) for CCS “Reading Takes You Places” campaign is fast approaching. This effort promotes the love of reading by getting students, members of the public, local government officials, teachers, and parents to record a video of themselves reading their favorite children’s book. The videos can be recorded anywhere, and CCS is encouraging readers to get creative in their video submissions. Readers can dress up, pretend to read to a classroom of children, use music, or anything that will make the reading memorable. In the video, each reader should announce where they will be reading from and the title and author of the book. Videos can be submitted to goodnews@ccs.k12.nc.us until Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Only one submission per person will be accepted. For other submission guidelines, click here.
 
Finally, don't forget The 3Ws: Wear a mask, Wait 6 feet from others, and Wash your hands.