Important BCPS Statistics
Federal Poverty Levels
The federal government’s income thresholds have been published for 2018-2019. These low income thresholds exclude many students in need of school meal assistance: in order to qualify for a reduced price meal in school, a family of four cannot make over $47,000. The income required for a family of four to be economically self-sufficient in Maryland (no savings possible) is about $60,000 a year.
Homelessness in Baltimore County Schools
These statistics were provided through a Public Information Act request to BCPS – the number of students identified as homeless in the system, broken down by school, for the 2017-2018 school year was 2,551. The total number of students identified as homeless system-wide is 200 less than last year, which is good news one certainly hopes. However, many students and families will not discuss homelessness, so there are more homeless than those identified.
Increases in CEP Schools
In one year, the number of meals served at the four schools currently electing CEP (Community Eligibility Provision, a USDA Food and Nutrition Service program) increased between 7 and 36% at those schools.