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LEGISLATURE

New School
Nutrition Laws
Take Effect
BY NICK ROMLEY
LEGISLATIVE ANALYST, CAPITOL ADVISORS GROUP, LLC

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n January 1, 2018, several pieces of legislation took effect
which affect school nutrition programs. Two pending laws,
in particular, have received a great deal of press and caused
some consternation among school nutrition stakeholders, including school district and site administrators, school food service
programs, and school nutrition industry vendors.

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO

* Senate Bill 250, by Senator Bob Hertzberg, attempts to
address incidences of "meal shaming" in schools by requiring
a local educational agency (LEA) with a school that is required
to serve a free or reduced-price meal during the school day
and that is not eligible for a universal meal service plan, to
develop a plan that ensures that any student whose parent
or guardian has unpaid school meal fees is not shamed or
treated differently, or delayed or denied a nutritiously adequate
meal, regardless of whether the student is eligible for free or
reduced-price meals.
* Senate Bill 544, by Senator Mike Mcguire, aligns California
law with federal law relative to the awarding of contracts
for the provision of child nutrition program meals and supplies and now allows such contracts to be award to the most
responsive and responsive parties, with price to be the primary
consideration, but not the only determining factor. Previously,
the CDE had interpreted California law to hold that school
districts may only award contracts to the lowest bidder. The
increased flexibility to improve access and to develop and
maintain school meal and after school meal and snack programs tailored to the students and the unique circumstances
of their district that is allowed under this bill will greatly benefit
small districts.
* Senate Bill 557, by Senator Ed Hernandez, will permit an
LEA to provide sharing tables where faculty, staff and students
can place prepackaged, non-potentially hazardous food items,
uncut produce, unopened bags of sliced fruit, and unopened
containers of milk that are maintained at 41 degrees Fahrenheit
or below to be made available to pupils during the course
of a regular school meal time. The bill also permits the food
placed on sharing tables, that is not taken by a pupil during
the course of a regular school meal time, to be donated to a
food bank or any other nonprofit charitable organization.

RELEASE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON NEW
SCHOOL NUTRITION REQUIREMENTS

Both AB 250 and SB 557 have led to numerous questions
from the field relative to compliance and implementation as
well as interpretation. The language of SB 250, especially, has
been interpreted in multiple ways. The California Department
of Education (CDE) is currently developing guidance and
has been working with school nutrition professionals in the
process. In the coming months, CDE will be releasing the
department's interpretation of SB 250, discussing the guidance, and providing key information on CDE's plan and timeline
for compliance.
Additionally, Keep an eye out on the CDE website for the
latest information on SB 557 and other important new laws
relative to school nutrition, as well as any pending regulations, requirements or changes that might impact school
nutrition programs.

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GET INVOLVED

With the new legislative session just under way, it is important
to note that feedback from the field is an important part of
the legislative process. Indeed, school nutrition legislation
is usually introduced with the best intent but the legislator
imposing the new requirements or responsibilities usually
has little, if any, field experience in school food service. Often,
the only way for them to understand the effect of a proposed
regulation or law is to hear from those who will be directly
impacted in the field.
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Nick Romley, Capitol Advisors Group, LLC

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
ADVERTISER’S INDEX
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Intro
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Student Free Speech: School Officials’ Response to Student Social Media Comments, “Likes” and Followers
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - CalPERS Rate Increases Begin to Stabilize
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - New School Nutrition Laws Take Effect
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - Website Accessibility: How an Educational Entity Can Ensure its Website is Accessible to those with Disabilities
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - After Years of Debate, Special Education Credential Seems Destined for Changes
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SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - School Board Elections and the California Voting Rights Act: Districts Shift from At-Large to District-Based Elections
SSDA Today - Spring/Summer 2018 - ADVERTISER’S INDEX
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