Arkansas Department of Education Additional Professional Standards Required for all Child Nutrition Personnel

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Memo Type
Fiscal & Administrative Services
Regulatory Authority
§PL 111–296, Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010
Response Required
Elementary Principals; Middle School Principals; High School Principals; Superintendents; Child Nutrition Directors

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Memo Text

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of PL 111-296, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA). The final rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff. Required training topic areas will vary according to position and job requirements. There are also minimum hiring standards for new state directors of school nutrition programs, state directors of distributing agencies that oversee United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Foods, and school nutrition program directors.

In developing the final professional standards rule, USDA considered input from a variety of sources, including representatives from state agencies, school districts, and school nutrition professional associations. Food Nutrition Services (FNS) carefully reviewed all comments and listened to the concerns of stakeholders.

The final rule eases hiring options for small school districts; adds hiring options that emphasize program experience; reduces the required annual training hours for all School Food Authority (SFA) personnel; phases in the training requirements in school year 2015-2016; and adds other practical flexibilities for the first year of implementation. The rule is effective beginning July 1, 2015.
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These requirements are in addition to the Arkansas requirements for Arkansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition Unit Certified Directors and Managers and the 10 hours of annual required training for all child nutrition staff.
A summary of the Final Rule, Training and Hiring Standards is attached to this memo.

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