Child Nutrition


    The information below was shared originally as part of the Ready for Learning Plan for the 2020-21 school year. 

    Good nutrition is important for growing and learning. Whether students learn on-site or virtually, Fort Smith Public Schools will continue to provide nutritious meals to support students who are participating in either of these models of learning.

    2020-2021 Application for Free and Reduced Meals

    Please visit this page for information on free and reduced meals for the 2020-2021 School Year.

    Cafeteria Use for Student Meals

    • FSPS plans to use the school cafeteria for student meals. Some elementary schools will utilize the classroom to serve meals to students.
    • K-12 students can still bring their lunch to school.
    • At this time, parents/visitors will not be allowed to eat lunch with students.
    • Cafeteria staff will continue to be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols. All cafeteria staff will wear masks and gloves while serving students.
    • Classes will go to lunch on a staggered schedule to minimize the number of students in the cafeteria each period. Campuses may add lunch periods to reduce the number of students in each lunch period as well. 
    • No salad bar will be available during the 2020-21 school year. Instead pre-packaged salads may be available for purchase in secondary schools. 
    • When possible, food items will be packaged to minimize direct contact in the cafeteria line.
    • In order to limit contact between people in the exchange of cash, FSPS highly encourages families and students to pay for meals using the student meal account card instead of paying for meals in cash. 

    Meals for Virtual Learning Students

    Students attending school through a virtual learning environment may come to their zoned school for breakfast and lunch. Students will be able to pick up their breakfast or lunch at a designated location at the school. 


    Fort Smith Public Schools recognizes the importance of transportation and will continue to provide bus service following current routes for students attending class in the on-site learning option. However, when possible, parents/guardians are encouraged to bring their students to school. 

    Bus Drivers

    • Bus Drivers will be trained in COVID-19 safety protocols.
    • Will be required to wear a mask.

    At Bus Stops

    • Physical distancing (6 feet apart) between students at bus stops is highly encouraged.
    • Wearing face masks at bus stops is required.

    On the Bus

    • Students will be required to wear face coverings on the bus due to the inability to properly physically distance. A face covering will be provided if a student does not have one.
    • Hand sanitizer will be provided.
    • When possible, bus windows will be opened to allow outside air to circulate in the bus.
    • Seats, handles and high-touch areas will be disinfected between morning and afternoon routes.