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SY 2021–22 Open in CNIPS – Annual Update Guidance


The California Department of Education (CDE) has opened the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) Annual Update in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS)External link opens in new window or tab. for School Year (SY) 2021–22 (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022). These annual updates apply to the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Meal Supplement, and the Seamless Summer Option (SSO).

Please note that the SSO calendar differs from the traditional NSLP calendar. The SSO calendar runs October through September, while the NSLP calendar runs July through June. USDA waiver #85: Nationwide Waiver to Allow the SSO through SY 2021–22, allows any site, regardless of site type, to operate under the SSO during SY 2021–22. Program operators should ensure that CNIPS site applications are up to date in both the current CNIPS year for SSO operations through September 30, and in CNIPS year 2021–22, for SSO operations beginning October 1.

The CDE recognizes the challenges that school food authorities (SFA) face while preparing for the upcoming SY. As a result, we want to provide as much time as possible for the Annual Update process. The CDE is actively developing reopening guidance for schools and will continue to release resources as they are developed. Those SFAs that have already established reopening plans for the fall can complete their required annual participation updates in the CNIPS now.

Important Information

The Nutrition Services Division (NSD) must approve your CNIPS SY 2021–22 Application Packet before you are able to submit reimbursement claims. For detailed information on when to submit claims for reimbursement, review the CDE SNP Claim Submission Deadlines web page.

SFAs scheduled for an SNP administrative review (AR) during SY 2021–22 should complete their annual update as soon as possible as this information is required for the on-site portion of the review. The NSD will be working closely with SFAs to complete their AR with as little disruption as possible during COVID-19.

If you are an SFA applying for the Community Eligibility Provision, the NSD must receive your application prior to the start of school, and no later than September 30, 2020.

Federal Waivers for SY 2021–22

On April 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service released 13 policy memos announcing waiver extensions that provide necessary flexibilities for program operators of the NSLP, SBP, SSO, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program for SY 2021–22. For detailed guidance regarding these waivers, please visit the CDE COVID-19 Response Nationwide Waivers SY 21–22 web page.

New Snap Survey for SY 2021–22 Waivers

The NSD has issued a survey for SFAs to opt-in to the waivers for the 2021–22 SY. It is important that you complete both the snap survey and annual updates prior to your school year starting. You can access the survey for SY 2021–22 waivers.

SSO Operating Dates

The SSO calendar differs from the traditional NSLP calendar. The SSO calendar runs October through September, while the NSLP calendar runs July through June. USDA waiver #85: Nationwide Waiver to Allow the SSO through SY 2021–22, allows any site, regardless of site type, to operate under the SSO during SY 2021–22. Program operators should ensure that CNIPS site applications are up to date in both the current CNIPS year for SSO operations through September 30, and in CNIPS year 2021–22, for SSO operations beginning October 1.

How to Complete the SY 2021–22 Annual Update

The NSD created detailed step-by-step instructions that are available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID Instructions: 2021–22 CNIPS Annual Update. Please review these instructions to start the annual update process and to help prevent application errors.

Log in to the CNIPS websiteExternal link opens in new window or tab..

  1. Enter your User ID and Password, then select Log On
  2. Select the Applications link in the menu bar
  3. Under the Item column, select the Download Forms link
  4. Select Instructions: 2021–22 CNIPS Annual Update
  5. Select Annual Updates Checklist

Resources and Contact Information

If you have any questions or need assistance regarding the CNIPS Annual Update, please contact your SNP Specialist. The SNP Specialist list is available in the CNIPS Download Forms section, Form ID Caseload. You may also contact an SNP Office Technician by phone at 916-322-3005 or 916-322-1450, or call 800-952-5609, Option 2, to be directed to your SNP Specialist.

To access the SNP Sponsor User Manual, please visit the CDE SNP CNIPS Training web page.

For guidance regarding COVID-19 guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs, please visit the CDE COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs web page.

For CNIPS technical questions, please contact the CNIPS Help Desk by phone at 800-952-5609, Option 6, or by email at cnips@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, July 28, 2021
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