How are economically disadvantaged students counted at campuses that opt into the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program?
Although CEP relaxes some campus data collection requirements for the purposes of providing free and reduced lunches, the accountability system relies on an accurate count of economically disadvantaged students. For accountability, the percentage of economically disadvantaged students at a campus or district is based on TSDS PEIMS October snapshot data.
It is a state requirement to annually report in PEIMS the economically disadvantaged status for each child. This requirement is wholly independent of the USDA requirements for providing meals.