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On May 18, 2022, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved nine state-specific exemptions to provide flexibility in running California programs during the 2022-23 academic year (SY). did. Section 12 (l) of the National School Lunch Act authorizes USDA to issue these exemptions.

Although the goal of the SY 2022–23 child nutrition program is to move to traditional diets, light meals and milk services, USDA recognizes that COVID-19-related impacts may continue to exist. ..

The exemptions listed below provide flexibility if the operation of the Child Nutrition Program is experiencing COVID-related impacts on the following programs: National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP). ), Special Milk Program (SMP), and Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), NSLP Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSO), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

COVID-19 restrictions

USDA has approved a state exemption to support access to nutritious diets, but state agencies continue to mitigate management, financial, and operational challenges exacerbated by COVID-19. ..As a result, these status exemptions are provided by the program operator. Meal service is limited by the COVID-19 pandemic..

Limitations include, but are not limited to:

  • Site closure or quarantine due to COVID-19
  • Staff shortage due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine
  • Orders or recommendations from national, state, or local governing bodies not to gather for COVID-19
  • Service to groups where the majority are not vaccinated
    • For example, a group with weakened immunity
    • Note: Exemption flexibility is only available for these groups and may not apply to the entire site serving a wider population.
  • Delays in obtaining consumables and equipment due to COVID-19 have been documented, making it impossible to provide collective meal services.

The waiver information and important details are as follows:

Non-aggregate diet – State exemption # 3 (NSLP and SBP); State waiver # 12 (SMP); State waiver # 16 * (SSO / SFSP)

Program operators provide food / milk in a collective environment and are exempt from the requirement to consume food / milk onsite. For NSLP, SBP, and SMP, this exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

* State Exemption # 16 applies during unexpected school closures and is valid from October 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

Parent and Guardian Pickup – State Disclaimer # 4 (NSLP and SBP); State Disclaimer # 13 (SMP); State Disclaimer # 14 (FFVP); State Disclaimer # 17 * (SSO / SFSP) )

We abandon the requirement that meals can only be served directly to the child. Allow parents or guardians to receive food / milk for eligible children. For NSLP, SBP, SMP, and FFVP, this exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Note: Program operators should develop integrity plans to prevent duplicate meals, snacks, or milk services when using parent and guardian pickup waves.

* State Exemption # 17 applies during unexpected school closures and is valid from October 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

Meal Service Hours – State Exemption # 5 (NSLP and SBP); State Disclaimer # 18 * (SSO / SFSP)

Exempt the time requirement for meal service. Allows program operators to serve meals outside standard meal hours. For NSLP and SBP, this exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

* State Exemption # 18 applies during unexpected school closures and is valid from October 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

Offers and Serves – State Disclaimer # 6 (NSLP)

The high school school lunch authority (SFA) waives the requirement to participate in offers and serves. This exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Local School Wellness Policy (LSWP) Triennale Assessment – ​​State Exemption # 7 (NSLP)

We waive the requirements of the Regional Education Institution (LEA) Program Operator to report and publish the LSWP Triennale assessment by June 30, 2023. LEAs who need to complete the LSWP Triennale assessment by June 30, 2022 may choose to complete the assessment within the deadline or by June 30. , 2023.

Note: Program operators should use this flexibility for as long and as long as they need it.

Food Service Management Company (FSMC) Contract Term – State Exemption # 8 (NSLP)

It relinquishes the requirement that program operators contracting with FSMC contract within one year and offers the option of annual renewal no more than four years.

Allows the program operator to extend an existing FSMC contract that is not subject to extension until SY 2022–23 or June 30, 2023. The California Department of Education (CDE) must continue to provide. Pre-approval Of contract extension.

Note: Program operators should use this flexibility for as long and as long as they need it.

This exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Administrative Review (AR) Onsite Requirements – State Disclaimer # 9 (NSLP and SBP)

Program operators and state agencies relinquish the need to implement some of the AR onsite.The requirements to implement on site Monitoring has been suspended, but monitoring is still needed.

Note: Program operators should use this flexibility for as long and as long as they need it.

This exemption is valid until June 30, 2023.

Alternate Site-State Disclaimer # 15 (FFVP)

State agencies waive the requirement to approve FFVP foods on sites that are elementary schools. Allows SFA participating in FFVP to offer FFVP snacks on non-FFVP school sites (elementary, junior high, or high school) if the FFVP school is closed or there is no food service. This exemption is valid from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

School Lunch Service at School Sites During Unexpected School Closure – State Exemption # 19 (SSO / SFSP)

Abandon the requirement to limit the operation of SFSPs during unexpected school closures to non-school sites and extend the food service at school sites to SSOs that are unexpectedly closed schools. This exemption is valid from October 1, 2022 to April 30, 2023.

Disclaimer election survey

In August, CDE will publish an online SY 2022–23 Child Nutrition Program Exemption Election Survey.

Required reports

CDE needs to collect information regarding the use of COVID-19 related exemptions, Mandatory investigation Program the operator to collect this information. The report includes, but is not limited to: How the exemption affected dietary services, improved service to children, and reduced program paperwork.

To meet these exemptions, CDE requires program operators to: Maintain documentation Analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on SY2022–23 dietary services and program operations.In addition, to use the parent pickup exemption, the program operator Integrity planning To prevent duplicate meals, milk, or snack services.

contact address

For questions regarding these exemptions, please contact the county specialist for each program. The county specialist for each program can be found in the Download Form section of each program’s module in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System.The external link opens in a new window or tab.Form Download Section:

  • School Nutrition Program (including SSO): Form ID Case Load
  • SFSP: Form ID SFSP 01

question:
Nutrition Service Division | 800-952-5609

Final Review: Tuesday, July 26, 2022