There is a new policy approved by the WV Board of Education affecting WV students and how they will be excluded from the payment of breakfast and lunch payments.

It aligns West Virginia's child nutrition standards with federal child nutrition standards.

A portion of the policy revisions prohibit counties from punishing students for unpaid or outstanding school meal debt with denial of meals, blocked access to extracurricular activities, graduation participation bans, refusal of transcript requests or other measures.

Calhoun Superintendent of Schools Kelli Whytsell said, "For a few years Calhoun students have been given free lunch and other meals," and the new state policy will have no effect.

"Calhoun County Schools have participated in the CEP, Community Eligible Provision for at least the last 6 years. We have been free for at least 6 years now," Whytsell said.

"Calhoun County provides free breakfast and lunch for every student and also provides an evening meal for those students that stay after and participate in afterschool tutoring."

Under revisions that followed a public comment period, baked goods from home are again allowed in schools if in accordance with local wellness policies which are developed by county school officials.

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