3553 – Business – Food Service – Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

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Regulation –
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Adopted – 7/16/1998
Revised – 9/19/2002

The Governing Board recognizes that adequate nutrition is essential to child development and learning and that some families may be unable to provide breakfast and lunch for their children.  In accordance with law, the district shall provide free and reduced price meals for students whose families meet federal eligibility criteria.

The Superintendent or designee shall recommend for Board approval a plan that ensures that eligible students are not treated differently from other students or easily identified by their peers.

***Note: Education Code 49558 authorizes Boards to allow district employees to use individual records of students participating in the free and reduced price meal program for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data.  However, federal guidelines allow the sharing of such records only for purposes of applying for Title I funding and in responding to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).  When there is a difference between federal and state regulations governing school meal programs, districts must comply with the more restrictive regulation.  Districts should therefore be aware that free and reduced price meal records may be shared “for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data” only when it is in connection with either Title I or NAEP.  In California, since Title I data are collected via the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR), the CDE will be using participation in this program to disaggregate data for Title I purposes.  Note also that only information pertaining to a student’s eligibility for the program may be shared.  Information regarding a student’s participation in the program (e.g., the record of meals served to that student) is confidential.***

***Note: Districts wishing to use free and reduced price meal records for this purpose are mandated to adopt a policy authorizing employee access. The following optional paragraph is for use by these districts.  See the accompanying administrative regulation for additional language implementing this mandate.***

The Board authorizes designated employees to use individual records pertaining to student eligibility for any free and reduced price meal program solely for the purpose of disaggregation of academic achievement data in accordance with federal and state law and regulation.

Legal Reference:
48980  Notice at beginning of term
49490-49493  School breakfast and lunch programs
49500-49505  School meals
49510-49520  Nutrition
49530-49536  Child Nutrition Act of 1974
49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition service
49550-49560  Meals for needy students
15510  Mandatory meals for needy students
15530-15535  Nutrition education
15550-15565  School lunch and breakfast programs
1232g Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act
6301 – 6514 Title I programs
1751 – 1769 National lunch programs
1771 – 1791 Child nutrition
Management Resources:
0325.98  Education Code Section 49558 LO: 1-98
CDE:  http://www.cde.ca.gov


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