2022–23 School Year SNP Waiver Elections
The California Department of Education (CDE) Nutrition Services Division (NSD) is pleased to announce the release of online application for the 2022–23 School Year (SY) Waiver Elections.
While you may opt into these waivers at any time during the 2022–23 SY, the CDE recommends that SNP Operators proactively complete the application as soon as possible. You do not need to be experiencing an unanticipated school closure to opt in to those waivers, you may proactively secure these flexibilities so that they are available in the event that you need them. Additionally, you may also update your 2022–23 SY waiver selections by submitting additional applications as needed.
COVID-19 Limited Use Waivers
The USDA approved the state waivers for noncongregate meals, parent pick up, meal service times, and offer versus serve to support access to nutritious meals when SNP Operators are faced with meal service disruptions and challenges due COVID-19.
As a result, these state waivers may only be used when a Program Operator’s meal service is limited by the COVID-19 pandemic. Limitations can include, but are not limited to the following:
- School or site closure due to COVID-19
- Classroom quarantine due to COVID-19
- Student illness or quarantine due to COVID-19
- Staff shortages due to COVID-19 illness or quarantine
- Mandate or recommendation from national, state, or local governing body not to congregate due to COVID-19
- Service to groups where the majority are unvaccinated (For example, immune compromised groups)
- Documented delays in obtaining supplies and equipment due to COVID-19 that prevents the ability to provide congregate meal service
Documentation & Reporting Requirements
All SNP Operators opting in to any waiver must complete the online waiver election application and participate in the mandatory reporting, anticipated to occur at the conclusion of Summer meal service.
At minimum, SNP Operators will be required to report a description of how each waiver impacted meal service operations at participating school sites, whether the waivers resulted in improved services to children and how the waivers reduced administrative burden, especially the quantity of paperwork, as applicable.
SNP Operators must also maintain documentation of the direct impact of COVID-19 on congregate meal service and the duration that the noncongregate, parent pick up, offer versus serve, and meal service time flexibilities were used.
Finally, SNP Operators are reminded that an Integrity Plan must be in place when the Parent or Guardian Pick Up Waiver is used and that all operators should document meal service controls and procedures to prevent duplicate meals.
For questions about the waivers, please contact your agency’s assigned specialist or email COVIDWaivers2022firstname.lastname@example.org.