DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Civil Rights | No Comments
DESE Advisory – Publicly Funded Students Placed Out of District Entitled to School Meals

All school districts in Massachusetts are required to make certain meals available to students, and may be required to offer those meals for free or at a reduced price for students who qualify.  The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently considered whether public schools are required to provide meals to students with special needs who are attending private special education programs pursuant to public funding.  DESE has determined that yes, under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, publicly funded students attending private special education programs are entitled to have meals made available to them by their sending school district.  If you would like to read more about this topic, definitely read the memorandum that DESE issued on April 26, 2013, which explains the department’s reasoning in more detail.