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On September 23, 2016, anyone that has not submitted a new application for the 2016-17 school year will have their child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals expire. Their status will become paid. If you have any questions, please call Jenna Boytek, School Nutrition Program Director, at 304-372-7300, ext. 42 if you have any questions.


2016 Meal Applications will be sent home with high school students at the beginning of the school year. We can not approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information & return the completed application to Jenna Boytek, School Nutrition Program Director, P. O. Box 770, Ripley, WV 25271. Completed applications may be hand delivered, returned to your child's school, or sent to the Central Office via the U. S. Postal Service. Once the application has been processed, an approval/denial letter will be sent.


Jackson County BOE Best Practices

10 our of 12 schools are CEP. 4 years for 8 elementary & 3 years for 2 middle

Reduced eligible students in the high school may eat breakfast for free.

2 Schools participate in Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program

7 schools participate in After school snack Program

Wellness Center onsite - flyers sent home

We partner w/community groups to provide backpacks of food that go home on Fridays at all schools with needy students.

Attendance Director distributes flyer & letter to parents possibly eligible for homeless that free meals are also available.

We have an app with parent information that includes menus.

WV Code 18-5-22 requires Boards to employ one school nurse per every 1,500 students in grades K-7, Jackson County has a 1:616 ratio which allows for greater individualized care of students with chronic health concerns such as diabetes, food allergies, & special dietary needs. School nurses work closely w/food service staff & parents to ensure safe, consistent provision of health care essential to student learning. 5 schools have nurses for the full school day, while the other 7 schools have partime nurses.

Nurses provide Fluoride, hygiene, tobacco prevention, & vaccinations programs.

Nurses work with teachers to offer 5-2-1-0 program.

Nurses sit on the Wellness Center’s Advisory Board.

Nurses provide CPR Training to Staff.

Employee Health Incentives? PEIA/ Biggest Loser contest? Walking clubs? Have in the past, not sure this year.

All BOE employees required to have C.E. training by signing on to Safe School Training Website in 13 areas including: Suicide Prevention, Communicable Disease, Conflict Management, FERPA, etc.

Cooks signed in to 8 courses: Civil Rights in Food Service, School Meal Compliance, Nutrition Basics, HACCP, Food Bourne Illness, Food Safety, Food Service Equipment Sanitation, & Equipment safe use.

Ripley High greenhouse grant.

Ripley High participates in RAZE Program.

Rav. High grant to grow vegetables.

Nutrition Director meets with local farmers, attended GAP training in the evenings.

Nutrition Director is on advisory council for Donated Foods.

Nutrition Director attends Appalachian Council Headstart meetings.

Nutrition Director attends prek meetings.

Nutrition Director provided water & various handouts at the Back to School Bash during the evening of August 12th.

Various schools held activities during National School Lunch Week.

Cottageville invites Veterans to lunch.

Some schools have school gardens.

All schools are team nutrition schools & utilize materials available to them.

Received Let’s Move Grant to train P. E. Teachers.

Students complete Fitness Gram assessment.

Ripley Middle School 8th graders have conducted an annual fresh fruit fund raiser for decades.

Ripley High School chorus conducts annual fund raisers selling mums & poinsettias.

No vending machines are available to students during the school day.

Nutrikids used to analyze meals & sent to nurses & cooks weekly.

New recipes from National Dairy Council incorporated in breakfast program.

Parents receive nutrition tips & info regarding the programs on the monthly menus.

Students are given opportunities to provide input on the menus & their names are listed on the menus.




Each school now has two copies of the WV Office of Child Nutrition book, Let's Party-school party ideas. Please check it out for ideas & food appropriate for parties at school. The recipes & activities may be copied.


Want a great menu of ideas for better school nutrition? Go to and check out Smart Foods = Smarter Kids!


Great News for you & your students attending elementary and middle schools!  All children are eligible to receive one healthy breakfast & one lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2016-17 school year. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application. Parents of elementary and middle school children will not be billed for first meals eaten during the 2016-17 school term. 

Whether this program can be continued beyond this year will be determined later in the year. 

Any lunch bill balance for previous school years will still be collected by the school system.


Jackson County Board of Education has made it easier than ever to apply for benefits. Now you can complete a meal application online by going to

 To submit an application online, click on the box "I did not receive a letter & I am not registered." on the first screen & then complete the various fields. Questions? Contact Jenna Boytek, School Nutrition Program Director, at 304-372-7300, ext. 42.


 In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) MAIL: U.S. Department of Agriculture

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