Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 3/7/2019 - 6:00 PM
Category: Consent Calendar
Type: Action
Subject: Policy JHCH: School Meals and Snacks
ACPS 2025 Strategic Plan Goal:
Objective 6.2 Continuous Improvement
ACPS will engage in cycles of continuous improvement at every level of the school division, and it will employ evidence-based decision-making in its consideration of process improvements, policy making, and budgeting and accountability.
Policy: JHCH - School Meals and Snacks
Funding Source or Fiscal Impact (where applicable)
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Agenda Item Summary: Changes to the Code of Virginia took effect July 1, 2018 that impact school nutrition programs under Policy JHCH and Regulation JHCH-R. As part of the Board’s continuing policy review, we recommend it approve the resulting statutory policy revisions presented to the Board at its February 21, 2019 meeting. (Hyperlinks to the current policy and regulation are included for reference.)

Policy JHCH: School Meals and Snacks & JHCH-R: Regulations for School Meals and Snacks - Last reviewed in 2017, Policy JHCH and Regulation JHCH-R have been revised to reflect the enactment of Va. Code § 22.1-79.7 by HB 50/SB 840. As a result, local school boards must have policies to protect students from overt identification if they owe any unpaid meal charges or cannot pay for a meal at school.

Policy JHCH’s implementing regulation, JHCH-R, was created in 2017 to address new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements for school divisions to develop consistent and transparent meal charge policies. In addition, the 2017 amendment of Va. Code §22.1-207.4:
• created regulatory exemptions to the nutritional guidelines for “competitive foods” (i.e., food available for sale to students during the school day other than meals provided by School Nutrition Services (SNS)); and
• required school divisions to determine a specified number of exempt, school-sponsored fundraisers that may be held during school hours, not to exceed 30 per year per school.

These sections of Regulation JHCH-R have been updated to align with current statutory requirements and Board of Education (BOE) regulations. ACPS’ compliance with Policy JHCH and Regulation JHCH-R will be assessed as part of its upcoming SNS federal review in March 2019.
Background: The Code of Virginia § 22.1-253.13:7 and Policy BF require the School Board to maintain and follow up-to-date policies, and that all policies shall be reviewed at least every five years and revised as needed.
Recommendation: The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the attached revisions to Policy JHCH and Regulation JHCH-R.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr. - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Ramee A. Gentry Moved, Member Margaret Lorber seconded to approve the Original motion 'The Superintendent recommends that the School Board approve the attached revisions to Policy JHCH and Regulation JHCH-R.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 9 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 9 - 0
Ramee A. Gentry     Yes
Margaret Lorber     Yes
Cindy Anderson     Yes
Veronica R. Nolan     Yes
Meagan L. Alderton     Yes
Christopher A. Suarez     Yes
Jacinta Greene     Yes
Dr. Michelle Rief     Yes
Heather Thornton     Yes