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SY 2021–22 Initial Waiver Elections


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On April 20, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released several waivers for School Year (SY) 2021–22. For Child Nutrition Programs (CNP) Sponsors operating the National School Lunch Program (NSLP),School Breakfast Program (SBP), NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO), or Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP),the USDA has provided policy guidance on the requirements and conditions for the flexibilities.

The USDA requires for a subset of these flexibilities,including non congregate meals, parent pick up,and meal time requirements,that they only be used to the extent needed until in-person congregate meals and snacks can be resumed safely.

As a result, some waiver elections must be confirmed routinely during the course of the 2021–22 SY, and in the case of the meal pattern waivers, additional justifications are needed.

Additionally, the USDA also requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to track the use of these waivers. As a result of this requirement and the limited use mandate, all CNP Operators will need to reevaluate and resubmit their meal service waiver three times over the course of the 2021–22 SY by completing the SY 2021–22 Initial Waiver Elections Application.

Waiver elections will be valid for the following three time frames:

  • Initial waiver elections: July 1, 2021,through December 31, 2021

    • Note that the NSLP, SBP, and SSO Meal Pattern waiver (#90) is valid beginning October 1, 2021

  • Mid-year waiver reelections: January 1, 2022, through March 31, 2022

  • Final waiver reelections: April 1, 2022, through June 30, 2022

Please note that meal pattern waivers may be submitted at any time and will be valid only for the period during which they were submitted.

The CDE has divided the SY 2021–22 waiver elections into two groups, Annual Elections and Initial Elections, to assist you in tracking the waivers with a limited use mandate.

Annual Elections: Valid for the Entire 2021–22 SY

You may opt into these waivers at any time during the SY. Once selected, the following waivers do not require periodic confirmation and will be valid for the entire 2021–22 SY.

SY 2021–22 Initial Waiver Elections: July 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021

The USDA required that the following waivers be used only to the extent needed until in-person congregate meals and snacks are able to be resumed safely. As a result, the following waiver elections must be confirmed routinely during the course of the 2021–22 SY.

Contact Information

For any questions regarding these waivers, please contact your respective program’s county specialist. The county specialist for each program can be found under the following Form IDs in the CNIPS Download Forms section:

  • SFSP—Form ID SFSP 01
  • NSLP, SBP, and SSO—Form ID Caseload
  • CACFP—Form ID CACFP 01
Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, June 17, 2021
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