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SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual

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ARM Update Guide 2013-2014          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
ARM Update Guide 2014-2015          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
ARM Update Guide 2015-2016          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
ARM Update Guide 2016-2017          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Complete ARM          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 1. Overview of School Nutrition Programs           SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 2. Application and Agreement          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 2C: Certification for Performance-Based Reimbursement          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 3. Records Retention          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 4. Determining Eligibility          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 5. Special Provision Options          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 6. Verification          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 7. Counting and Claiming          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 8. Breakfast          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 9. Lunch          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 10. Afterschool Meal Programs          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 11. Infant Feeding          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 12. Seamless Summer Option (SSO)          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 13. Accommodating Children With Special Dietary Needs          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual
Section 14. Financial Information Concerning School Nutrition Funds          SBP Handbook: Administrator's Reference Manual

The USDA Eligibility Manual is available at http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/guidance-and-resources. This manual contains information on federal requirements regarding the determination and verification of eligibility for free and reduced price meals in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). These provisions also apply to the determination of eligibility for free milk under the Special Milk Program (SMP). This manual is to be used in conjunction with Section 4, Determining Eligibility in the Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM).

 

New Texas School Nutrition Laws  Minimize 

Two bills affecting school nutrition in Texas were passed during the 84th Legislative Session and signed into law by the Governor. One of the new laws offers an alternative way to fund school breakfast for students eligible for free or reduced price meals and the other addresses policies for students purchasing meals after their prepaid funds are exhausted. The bills are effective immediately. 

HB 1305—Breakfast Mandate
Starting with School Year 2015-2016, public and charter schools that are mandated to offer breakfast may operate a locally funded breakfast program in lieu of the federally funded School Breakfast Program. 

School districts or charter schools may have schools that operate the School Breakfast Program and other schools that operate a locally funded breakfast program. In these cases, the school district or charter school must fully fund its locally funded breakfast program from resources other than the Child Nutrition Program. 

Locally funded breakfast programs are eligible for state compensatory funding. Please note state compensatory funding is administered by the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

HB 3562—Charge Policy
If a school district allows students to use prepaid meal cards or accounts to purchase school meals, the district must establish a grace period during which a student is able to charge meals after the prepaid funds are exhausted.  

The school district must also notify the student’s parent or guardian that the student’s meal card or account balance is exhausted. The district is not allowed to charge a fee or interest in connection with meals purchased by the students during the grace period. When the school district notifies the student’s parent or guardian that the student has a negative balance, the district may set a repayment schedule for the meal charges.



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