Presentation on theme: "Webinar: June 6, 2012 10:00am – 11:30am EDT The Community Eligibility Option."— Presentation transcript:
Webinar: June 6, 2012 10:00am – 11:30am EDT The Community Eligibility Option
Webinar Outline Overview School Eligibility Requirements Non-Federal Funding Sources Procedures Evaluation Walk through of Estimator Questions 2
Overview Option provides an alternative to household applications for free and reduced price meals in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools. LEA or schools electing the Option agree to serve all students free lunches and breakfasts for four successive school years. Meal program claims are based on the percentage of identified students multiplied by a factor of 1.6. 3
School Eligibility Requirements 5 The 40% threshold may be determined school-by-school, by a group of schools within the LEA, or in the aggregate for an entire LEA. % of identified students = Number of identified students as of April 1 Total enrollment as of April 1 This percentage multiplied by 1.6 will be the percentage of total meals served reimbursed at the Federal free rate. X 100
School Eligibility Requirements Requires participating schools to offer all children free breakfasts and free lunches for four successive school years. Any costs of serving breakfasts and lunches in excess of the Federal assistance received, including Federal cash reimbursement, must be paid from non-Federal sources. The legislation states that for the purpose of the Community Eligibility Option the local education agency may not be a residential child care institution (RCCI). 6
School Eligibility Requirements LEA and schools should run their direct certification numbers before April 1 st of each year to obtain current counts of SNAP, TANF, and FDPIR participants. Homeless, migrant youth, and foster children lists must be matched before April 1 st of each year to include in the identified student percentage. 7
Non-Federal Funding Sources 8 Any funds other than Federal reimbursement available to the nonprofit school food service account may be used. Similar to Provision 2 and 3, the use of non-Federal funds is only necessary if the total amount of Federal reimbursement through the Option does not cover the costs of serving all students free meals. The non-Federal funds used to cover any excess meal costs through Community Eligibility may not be used to meet other Federal requirements.
Examples of Non-Federal Sources for the Community Eligibility Option 9 Any portion of State revenue matching funds that exceeds the minimum requirement established in 7 CFR 210.17. Profits from a la carte sales. In-kind contributions funds from outside sources such as volunteer services or a cash donation.
Procedures: General LEAs must notify the State agency no later than June 30 th of the school year prior to the first year of electing the Option of interest. A new identified student percentage may be established each year of the four year cycle to determine the percentage used in the following year. Schools may elect to stop the Option for the next year by notifying the State agency no later than June 30 th of the current school year. 10
Procedures: Annual Percentage Selection During the second, third, and fourth years in the Option, the LEA or school may select the higher of the identified student percentage from the year directly prior or the year prior to the first year of receiving benefits. Year 1: Year prior to Year 1 Year 2: Percentage from April 1 st of Year 1 or Year prior to Year 1 Year 3: Percentage from April 1 st of Year 2 or Year prior to Year 1 Year 4: Percentage from April 1 st of Year 3 or Year prior to Year 1 11
Procedures: Grace Year LEAs and schools in year 4 with an identified student percentage less than 40% are permitted to stay on the Option for an additional year. The identified student percentage must be greater than or equal to 30% to qualify for the grace year. Grace year claiming percentages must be based on the percentage of identified students as of April 1 st of year 4. LEA or schools meeting the 40% threshold by April 1 st of the grace year may begin a new 4-year cycle in the following SY. LEAs and schools that do not meet the threshold must return to normal counting and claiming procedures in the following SY. 12
Procedures: Reimbursements The percentage of identified students as of April 1 st of the prior year is multiplied by 1.6 to determine the percentage of meals reimbursed at the Federal free rate. The remaining percentage of meals not covered under the Option will be reimbursed at the Federal paid rate. Any meal costs in excess of the total Federal reimbursement must be covered through non-Federal sources. 13
Procedures: Provision 2/3 Schools Eligible Provision 2/3 schools intending to elect the Option must be able to establish current identified student percentages. Eligible Provision 2/3 schools may elect the Option during base or non base years, as long as current direct certification numbers are available. 14
Procedures: State Notifications By May 1st of each year, State agencies electing the Option must: Notify LEAs with an identified student percentage of at least 40% of eligibility Notify LEAs with an identified student percentage greater than 30% but less than 40% of potential future eligibility Notify LEAs currently electing the Option of the claiming percentages used for each year. Notify LEAs currently in the 4th year with an identified student percentage of at least 30% of grace year eligibility. 15
Procedures: LEA Notifications 16 By May 1st of each year, LEAs must provide the State agency with the following school level information for publication: List of schools with an identified student percentage of at least 40%. List of schools with an identified student percentage greater than 30% but less than 40%. List of schools in the 4th year of electing the Option with an identified student percentage of at least 30%.
Evaluation 17 An evaluation will be conducted to assess Option participation and impact in the eligible LEAs and schools in the States selected during the phase-in period. Data collection will begin in Fall 2012. The final report will be completed December 2013.
Estimator Tool 19 Excel tool to ESTIMATE the level of Federal reimbursement received under the Option. Calculates the identified student percentage, percentage of meals reimbursed at free and paid rate, projected level of Federal reimbursement, reimbursement per meal, and if needed the amount of non-Federal funds. User enters number of identified students, enrolled students, number of meals served and cost of producing a reimbursable meal. User may also enter a projected participation change.
The reimbursement rates in the Estimator are for the current year. The monthly Federal reimbursement payments will be based on the updated reimbursement rates for the new school year. Step 2: Federal Reimbursement Rates 23
Next Steps 28 Contact LEAs planning to implement the Option in SY2012-2013 in at least one school and develop a communication plan to gather the identified student percentages. Build a list of LEAs and schools implementing the Option and record the identified student percentages. Instruct LEAs to notify students and parents of the Community Eligibility Option and that free meals will be offered to all enrolled students.
SY2012-2013 Implementation 29 Due to being notified after April 1 st, LEAs in the District of Columbia, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia for the first year ONLY may go back and recreate identified student percentages that accurately represent the number of as of April 1 st 2012.