• Sally B. Philips

Stimulus Checks and Schools

Vol. 1, No. 41.5 August 18, 2020

APPLY NOW (if you haven't received a check)

Under the CARES Act, signed into law in March, Americans who made up to $75,000 per year got a $1,200 stimulus check. The income cap was set at $99,000 and stimulus payments were scaled down from there. Joint filers who earned less than $150,000 received $2,400. Parents could also receive $500 per child under 17.

Some parents who missed out on the additional $500 payment for their dependent children under the CARES Act will have more time to register, the Internal Revenue Service said.

Parents receiving federal benefits, such as Social Security or Supplemental Security Income, will be able to use the agency’s Non-Filers tool until Sept. 30 to get their money this fall, the IRS said.

Other people who aren’t required to file tax returns and still haven’t gotten their checks can also use the Non-Filers’ tool but need to do so by Oct. 15 in order to get a payment this year. This is the site for anyone who has not gotten a stimulus check:


Grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches will be available to all Miami-Dade County Public Schools students when schools reopen on Aug. 31.

Meals will be prepared at school facilities and distributed to families outside of school hours, M-DCPS announced in its Reopen Smart, Return Safe* school reopening plan.

The district said it will release food distribution dates and times shortly.

Although not all schools will offer meal pickup services, South Miami parents will probably be able to get meals at:

Cashless or online payment will be used for all meals, the district said in the plan.

* Click here for Reopen Smart, Return Safe, the complete guide to Miami-Dade School System plan.



South Miami is still 16th out of 34 cities in Miami-Dade County when it comes to the percentage of people who have completed the Census questionnaire. The Marshall Williamson area is dragging behind the rest of the City in terms of Census returns. The smaller the percent of our population that is counted, the small our share of Federal, State and County funding will be.

Keep healthy, stay safe.

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