School Nutrition Programs in School Year 2020-2021
One of the highest priorities for Ohio’s child nutrition program, which is fundamental to supporting the whole child, is to ensure students receive nutritious meals in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waivers during school year 2020-2021 allow in-school and non-congregate take-home meal service with a parent/guardian pickup option through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The Ohio Department of Education’s Office of Integrated Student Supports is developing school year 2020-2021 child nutrition guidance and resources.
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USDA Waiver Requests
The Ohio Department of Education is requesting the following school year 2020-2021 waivers from the USDA.
- Potable Water Waiver: A waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 210.10(a)(i) and 7 CFR 220.8(a)(1) that schools must make potable water available and accessible without restriction to children at no charge in the place(s) where breakfasts and lunches are served during the meal service.
- Unanticipated School Closures Waiver: a waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 225.6)(e)(15) and 7 CFR225.6(d)(1)(iv) allowing school food authorities and sponsors to serve meals during unanticipated school closures at a school location.
- Non-Congregate Meals Waiver for Seamless Summer and Summer Food Program Sponsors: A waiver to the requirements at 42 U.S.C. 1753(b)(1)(A), 42 U.S.C. 1761(a)(1)(D) and 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15) to serve meals through the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program in a congregate setting.
- Activity Requirements in the Afterschool Care Child Nutrition Programs Waiver: waiver to the requirements under sections 17(r)(2)(B) and 17A(a)(2)(C) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1766(r)(2)(B) and 42 U.S.C. 1766a(a)(2)(C), respectively, where afterschool meals and snacks must be served in a school or program with an educational or enrichment purpose and FNS regulations at 7 CFR 210.10(o)(1)(ii) and 7 CFR 226.17a(b)(1)(ii) and (iii) stating eligible schools and at-risk afterschool care centers to serve afterschool meals and snacks in a structured and supervised environment, with an educational or enrichment activity.
- Seamless Summer Option and Summer Food Service Program During Online Instruction Waiver: waiver to the requirements at 7 CFR 225.6(e)(15) and 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv) allowing school food authorities to serve meals to students receiving online instruction through the Seamless Summer Option or the Summer Food Service Program.
- Paid Lunch Equity Waiver: waiver to the requirements under Paid Lunch Equity (PLE) provisions in Section 12(p) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1760(p) and implemented in National School Lunch Program regulations at 7 CFR 210.14(e)7 CFR 225.6(e)(15) and 7 CFR 225.6(d)(1)(iv).
- Vegetable Subgroup Waiver: waiver to the requirements under 210.10(c)(2)(iii) in requiring vegetable subgroups to be met over the course of a week.
- Onsite Monitoring Requirements in the School Meals Programs Waiver: waiver of school meals onsite monitoring requirements included at 7 CFR 210.8, 210.18 and 220.8(h) and the requirement to complete the onsite portion of the administrative review during the school year the review was begun at 7 CFR 210.18(c).
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Snacks to be Distributed in a Non-Congregate/Off-Site Method and along with National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) Meals Waiver: waiver to the requirements under section 19 of the NSLA [42 U.S.C. 1769a] which requires schools participating in the FFVP to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to students and be offered separately from the meals, and to 42 USC 1753(b)(l)(D) which requires students to consume meals on site.
- Parents and Guardians to Pick Up Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) Snacks for Children Waiver: waiver to the requirements under section 19 of the NSLA [42 U.S.C. 1769a] which requires schools participating in the FFVP to make fresh fruits and vegetables available to students.
- Age/ Grade Group Menu Pattern Requirements for Take Home Meals in the National School Lunch Program Waiver: waiver to the requirements under 7 CFR 210.10 which requires schools to offer each child the quantities specified in the meal pattern for each age/grade group served in school.
- Milk Variety Requirements for Take Home Meals in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Waiver: waiver to the requirements under 42 USC 1758 (a)(1)(B)(2)(A), and 7 CFR 210.10(d) and 220.8(d): schools must offer students a variety (at least two different options) of fluid milk.
- Provision 2 Base Year Waiver: waiver to the requirements under 7 C.F.R. 245.9(b)(3)(i) and 245.9(b)(3)(ii) for conducting a Provision 2 base year.
Last Modified: 9/3/2020 3:58:28 PM