we will engage the tools and employ the professionals necessary to meet the needs of ALL our families.
This includes providing base services such as transportation and breakfast and lunch.
These plans will solidify later in the spring after our student population becomes clear.
PCM is committed to providing healthy breakfast and lunch at an affordable price for all its students. As traditional Montessori practices encourage students to participate in preparation of food and snack, PCM will work with our insurance provider and local Health Services to devise a strong program for safe student involvement. PCM will pursue registration in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) which provides participating elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the school day to offset our snack program budget.
National School Lunch & Breakfast Program
PCM participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast program which means meals follow USDA meal pattern requirements. Meals are available to ALL PCM students and staff. 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, PCM is still required to internally document who would normally qualify for the free/reduced program. We encourage all families to apply using the application on our PCM Families tab. The names of children that qualify for the free/reduced program are kept confidential. Applications should be returned directly to the PCM main office.
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.
PCM students will receive transportation services to and from school in accordance with RCW 28A.160.150 - 28A.160.180, including those to mitigate hazards for walkers (RCW 28A.160.030). With our rural location, PCM is sensitive to transportation needs and will work with families to address them to ensure transportation is not a barrier to attendance.
Transportation Update 8-10-21
PCM has been working diligently over the planning year to establish bus routes using regional student transportation 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 reimbursement of round trip mileage for drop off and pick up.
If you are in need of transportation and would like more information on these 2 options please take this survey.
PCM will follow up with families who indicate additional support is needed.
Before & After School
We have partnered with YMCA of the Palouse to provide extended care opportunities before (called Morning Kickstart Program) and after school (called Afternoon Finale Program). To learn more about the YMCA visit Our Partners.
To register for before or after care services complete the form to the right. For additional questions about registration or YMCA services please contact Josh Paparazzo, Director of Programs for the YMCA of the Palouse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
** YMCA before and after care services will be provided in PCM spaces within Gladish. 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.**