The following outlines our day to day operations.
PCM has been working diligently over the planning year to establish bus routes using regional student transporation providers. COVID has slowed the progression of this process and resulted in a significant driver shortage across the nation. Our rural location has also caused student transportation companies’ pause as the closest eastern Washington hub is Spokane. This has pushed PCM to pursue its own in-house transportation setup.
We are still working on establishing the transportation system we envisioned, however is will not come to fruition until after winter break. We recognize this poses a significant issue for families and we are working to try to close the gap with local options.
For those who are outside of our safe walking distance boundaries, (map numbers indicate estimated walk times) please consider the following option to close this gap in service until January:
PCM purchased Pullman Transit Bus pass for your child.
PCM to reimbursment of round trip mileage for drop off and pick up.
If you need transportation for your child please take this survey.
Student Drop off and Pick Up
Drop off occurs between: 8:05 am and 8:20 am
Pick up occurs between: 3:20 pm and 3:35 pm
There will be a bus transportation drop off point and a parent transportation line and drop off point. When dropping off during this time window, please do not bring your child inside. A PCM staff member will be at these points to great you and to shuttle your child to the gym entrance.
Please have your laminated name sheet displayed in the dashboard of your window. If you would like to park and walk your child in or walk or bike your child to school AND you arrive during the drop off or pick up window, please come to the exterior gym entrance to check in/out. If you come after 8:25 AM please take your child to the main office.
DROP-OFF & PICK-UP INSTRUCTIONS - UD 9/30/21
In-Facility Extended Day Programming with YMCA of the Palouse
YMCA - PCM Enrollment thresholds for the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs that families should be aware of:
In order to begin programming, at least 10 students must be enrolled in the Afternoon Finale programming by August 1, 2021. Similar student numbers are required for the Morning Kickstart program by August 1, 2021.
Average enrollment in the Afternoon Finale programming and Morning Kickstart programming must average 21 students in each program by October 15, 2021 in order for the program to continue to operate after Winter break in December.
If the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet their target enrollment by October 15, 2021, YMCA Staff and PCM Staff will meet to discuss action steps that can be taken to increase enrollment to meet the targets set out above (families will be notified of this stage invited to share ideas).
If the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet their target enrollment by December 17, 2021, YMCA will continue to operate the Wednesday Enrichment program for the duration of the 2021-22 school year but may cease to offer Morning Kickstart and/or Afternoon Finale programming.
If either the Morning Kickstart and Afternoon Finale programs do not meet the target enrollment set out above, 30 days’ notice will be provided to the PCM and parents to allow them to find new care opportunities when school resumes in January 2022, after the Winter break.
Before School Care: 7:30 am to 8:25 am
After School Care: 3:20 pm to 6:00 pm
Drop off and Pick up for extended day programming: Those dropping off and picking up from this program should expect to drop their child off or pick their child up from the appropriate PCM space in Gladish. These details will be provided closer the start of school.
** PCM can not provide additional transportation services to before care and home from after care, we can only provide our to school and home regular transporation.**
YMCA staff will require a separate confirmation of who is authorized for drop off or more importantly, pick up the child.
School Menu & Information
PCM will be participating the National School Lunch and Breakfast program which means meals will follow USDA meal pattern requirements.
This year, PCM is participating in the seamless food service program where all students eat for free. In most years, when the seamless food service program is unavailable, free and reduced price meals are provided for children whose family size and monthly gross income meet federal guidelines. This year, ALL students eat for free thanks to the seamless food service program.
With that said, and as noted above, PCM is still required to internally document who would normally qualify for the free/reduced program. We encourage all families to apply using the online application above.
Program benefits and services are available to all students without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, religious affiliation, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, social or economic status, and/or special needs.
This year, unfortunately, we have to charge for school meals. The USDA is no longer supporting the Seamless Summer Program that made meals free to all students. For the 2022-23 school year, only qualifying students will receive meals free of charge. We are still waiting on the USDA to provide prices.
PCM promotes community and collaboration. In line with this, we ask that all families apply for the national Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program (FRLP) regardless of need or whether you child well be eating school meals. This information and status is highly confidential with the exception of critical PCM staff having access to the information (namely the Food Services Manager and Office Manager).
Why? Public schools receive funding based on FRLP student status. This funding is used to support the school as a whole, ensuring we can provide the supports necessary to help all students reach their full potential. Charter schools in particular are impacted by their FRLP counts when applying for grants.
Thank you for your consideration
Summer Food Service Program
Children need good nutrition all year long. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps fill the gap. Use the resources below to find meals being served nearest you!
No Kid Hungry Resources
Summer Meals Locator- in English or Spanish.
USDA National Hunger Hotline- can be reached Monday–Friday
Families can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)
For Spanish, families can call 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273)
Texting Line - Families may text "Food" or "Comida" to 304-304 to find free summer meals near them.
Meal Site Locator - Visit the https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-meals website.