RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Parents with children who missed school due to COVID-19 could be eligible for federal benefits in the Commonwealth.

Under the P-EBT program, parents of children who missed at least one day of school because of a “documented COVID-19-related issue” could receive between $21 and $127.

Students have to meet certain eligibility requirements to qualify, as do their schools. Students must:

  • Attend an eligible school
  • Qualify for free or reduced lunches
  • And have been absent from school at least once due to COVID-19

Eligible schools must:

  • Have been closed or had reduced hours for 5 consecutive days due to COVID-19
  • And participate in the national school lunch or breakfast program

You can check your schools eligibility on the Virginia Department of Social Services website.

Benefit amounts by number of days absent. (Chart courtesy of VDSS)

Only students attending physical classes are eligible for the benefits, so those enrolled in remote schools like Virtual Virginia don’t qualify.