Want to know what is social school action? Can you benefit from this support? How can I access it? We clarify all issues.
The purpose of the school social action is to support Portuguese families. It seeks to combat social exclusion and school drop-out and promote equal opportunities in access to education.
In pursuit of this objective, measures have been created that include economic aid for the acquisition of books, school supplies and food aid.
The school social action includes two levels – A and B. These are defined according to the levels of the family allowance . Only the first two levels of this support may require reimbursement.
WHAT ECONOMIC AID IN THE CONTEXT OF SCHOOL SOCIAL ACTION?
1ST CYCLE OF ENSINO BÁSICO
In step A (step 1 of the family allowance) the co-participation is 100% in the food. The books of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th years are free, under the provisions of article 156 of Law no. 42/2016, of December 28 and under the terms of article 61 Of Decree-Law no. 25/2017 of 3 March.
In this step, the value of the co-participation in terms of school material is € 16. The annual maximum limit for study visits is € 20.
In step B (step 2 of the family allowance), the reimbursement amounts are reduced by half. Thus, in terms of food will be 50%, € 8 in school supplies and € 10 as annual ceiling for study visits.
In class B of the school social action the books continue to be free, by virtue of the same precepts previously mentioned.
2ND CYCLE OF ENSINO BÁSICO
The ranking The school social action (step 1 of family benefits) will have as reimbursement: 100% on food, € 118 for books, € 16 for school supplies and € 20 as a threshold for study visits.
In step B (step 2 of the family allowance) things go as follows: 50% for food, 59 € for books, 8 € for school supplies and 10 € for study visits.
The level C (step 3 of family allowance), assigned by Article 157 of Law No. 42/2016 of 28 December, shall not be entitled to a reimbursement of € 29.50 on books.
3RD CYCLE OF ENSINO BÁSICO
The level A will be reimbursed to 1000% in food, according to the dictates of legislation providing for school social action. For books, the amount of the reimbursement will be € 176 for the 7th year and € 154 for the 8th and 9th years.
For school supplies and study visits, the values for step A do not change – € 16 and € 20, respectively.
In step B , the reimbursement amounts reduce by half – 50% for food, € 88 for books of the 7th year, € 77 for books of 8 and 9 years, € 8 and € 10 for school supplies and study visits, respectively.
Regarding step C , the school social action provides for reimbursement of the books of the 7th, 8th and 9th years. The values are 44 € (7th year) and 33.50 € (8th and 9th years).
In terms of secondary education, the values of school social action are as follows.
- Food – 100%
- Books – € 147
- School Supplies – € 16
- Accommodation in family residence – 15% of the IAS / month (x10)
- Study visits – € 20
- Food – 50%
- Books – € 73.50
- School Supplies – 8 €
- Accommodation in family residence – 8% of the IAS / month (x10)
- Study visits – € 10
- Books – € 36.75
HOW TO APPLY FOR SCHOOL SOCIAL ACTION?
The caretakers must apply at school and submit the Social Security declaration, proving the family allowance.