Resource | Policy Memos | SP37-2008
30-Day Carryover and Delayed Implementation for Provision 2
Resource | Policy Memos | SP32-2008
Coordinated Review Effort; National Average Daily Attendance
Resource | Interim Final Rule
Interim Rule: Verification of Eligibility for Free and Reduced Price Meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This interim rule implements provisions of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 relating to verification of applications approved for free or reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP04-2009
Reminder Concerning E-Rate Audits by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

We were asked by the FCC to issue a reminder about cooperating with contractors auditing school districts’ receipt of funds under the FCC’s E-Rate fund.  Auditing for the current cycle is scheduled to begin in December, 2008. Please refer to Policy Memorandum 29-2008 dated July 8, 2008,  for specific information. We were also asked to clarify the sentence “Auditors cannot verify the accuracy of the [local educational agency’s] LEA’s determinations and cannot contact the household.” FCC auditors do not have the authority to conduct verification of applications for free/reduced price school meals. Therefore, FCC auditors cannot contact households or other sources (such as assistance agencies or employers) to confirm the information on the application. However, auditors may:
• Ensure the information on the application was accurately processed; i.e., that the income and the number of persons in the household were totaled correctly and that the appropriate Income Eligibility Guideline was used;
• Confirm that the children listed on rosters as eligible for free or reduced price meals have approved applications on file; and
• Confirm that the number of children used for statistical purposes is based on approved applications.

Any discrepancies in these areas must be brought to the attention of the LEA. We ask that state agencies immediately convey this information to local agencies. If local agencies have any questions about FCC audits, they should contact their state agency.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP02-2009
Final Fluid Milk Substitution Rule

The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) issued the final rule Fluid Milk Substitutions in the School Nutrition Program (73 FR 52903) on September 12, 2008, to implement a provision of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP39-2008
Responsibility to Request Food Safety Inspections

A number of schools nationwide are still having difficulty obtaining the two food safety inspections required by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004. Although the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) realizes that many of the difficulties schools face are beyond their control, we would like to stress that local program operators are responsible for requesting the food safety inspections from the public health department and documenting their efforts.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Fluid Milk Substitutions in the School Nutrition Programs

This final rule implements a legislative provision on milk substitutes that is consistent with current regulations on menu exceptions for students with disabilities and adds requirements for the optional substitution of nondairy beverage for fluid milk for children with medical or special dietary needs in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: Management of Donated Foods in Child Nutrition Programs, the Nutrition Services Incentive Program, and Charitable Institutions

This final rule revises and clarifies requirements for the management, distribution, and use of donated foods in the National School Lunch Program and other child nutrition programs, in the Nutrition Services Incentive Program, and by charitable institutions.