School Nutrition Programs
Important Dates to Remember for School Year 2018-2019
Beginning of School Year - - - All families must receive the Letter to Households and Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. (Students from households with approved applications or listed on Direct Certification on STARS from the previous year must be allowed a 30 day carry-over of the previous eligibility determination. Once a current year application is received, it takes precedence over the previous year’s application.)
Note: Application Processing Timeframe: Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications must be reviewed and an eligibility determination made within 10 working days of receipt of the application. The completed (including last 4 of SSN), signed application must be dated when it is received. The determining official must date, sign, and document eligibility on the application as well for eligibility to be valid.
10th of Each Month - - - The claim for reimbursement for each site is due for submission over the NDFoods system for prompt payment. (You do have 60 calendar days to complete/submit your claim.)
Annually - - - The Racial/Ethnic Data Form must be completed sometime during the school year and retained in the school’s file.
Civil Rights training must be done annually for everyone working with the School Foodservice program including substitutes, front office personnel and cafeteria cleaners. Document the person trained, day of training and training material.
Hours of Professional Development for school foodservice staff must also be documented: 12 hours for foodservice directors, 10 hours for foodservice manager, 6 hours for all other full time staff and 4 hours for part time (<20 hr/wk). Civil Rights training can be used as professional development.
September 2018 ---ND Farm to School Month
September 20, 2018---Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day
October 1, 2018 - - - This is the date that determines the number of applications to be verified. Record the number of approved applications on the district Verification Collection Report listed below, due on December 15.
October 15-13, 2018 - - - National School Lunch Week This year’s theme: School Lunch – Lots 2 Love Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
November 15, 2018 - - - Verification of 3% of Free and Reduced-Price Applications must be completed.
December 17, 2018 - - - Verification Summary Report due. Complete the fillable form on NDFoods
February 1, 2019 - - - Local agencies with more than one food service site must perform at least one on-site review of each site with food service under its jurisdiction. The on-site review must take place prior to February 1.
March 4-8th, 2019 - - - School Breakfast Week
This year’s theme: School BreakFAST – Start Your Engines Check the School Nutrition Association website for more details: www.schoolnutrition.org
May 3, 2019 - - - School Lunch Hero Day
May 6-10th, 2019 - - - School Nutrition Employee Week The NDDPI encourages you to recognize staff members involved with providing nutrition to your the students.