USDA Releases New COVID-19 School Nutrition Guidance

2020-05-01

USDA.jpgNationwide Waiver to Waive First Week Site Visits in the SFSP
Waives requirements that sponsors visit each of their sties at least once during the first week of operation under the program for sites that have operated successfully in the previous year and sponsors that successfully participate in the CACFP or the NSLP.

Nationwide Waiver of Food Service Management Contract Duration in the NSLP and SFSP

Waives food service management company (FSMC) contracts duration requirements for all state agencies, SFAs and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) sponsors. FSMC contracts that my expire by or around June 30, 2020 may be extended through school year 2020-2021.

Nationwide Waiver of Local School Wellness Assessments
Waves requirement for schools unable to complete a triennial assessment of the local school wellness policies by June 30, 2020. For states electing this option, the new first triennial assessment deadline is June 30, 2021.

Nationwide Waiver of Annual Review Requirements for State Agencies in the CACFP
Waives requirement to complete CACFP monitoring on site through September 30, 2020. State agencies electing this option are encouraged to prioritize reviews of these institutions next year.

Nationwide Waiver to Extend Unanticipated School Closure Operations
Waives the October through April time limitation for implementation of SSO and SFSP during unanticipated school closures and allows State agencies that elect this option to permit SFAs to operate under unanticipated school closure requirements through June 30, 2020. The requirement for SFSP or SSO sponsors to submit written applications by June 15, 2020 is also waived. There is no Federal application deadline for summer 2020; however, State agencies must establish a deadline based on local conditions.

Reporting COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Data
Each COVID-19 school nutrition program waiver requires that State agencies and local Program operators provide certain summaries and descriptions of their use. To begin collecting some of the basic required data elements, USDA FNS is asking States to report a small number of additional data elements with their routine data reporting on the FNS-10, FNS-44, or FNS-418 Forms. 

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