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2 Miami-Dade County Public Schools Department of Food & Nutrition

3 Verification Confirming a households eligibility for free and reduced price meals by requiring documentation to support information listed on the meal application.

4 Federal Mandates Error prone sample selected on October 1 st Error prone sample selected on October 1 st (3% of applications on file) Process completed by November 15 th Process completed by November 15 th ZERO tolerance for errors ZERO tolerance for errors Results of verification apply to all students on application Results of verification apply to all students on application

5 Verification Steps 1. Error prone sample selected 2. Households notified of selection 3. Documents collected and reviewed 4. Households notified of status change 5. Automatic termination for no response 6. Completion of record keeping

6 Selection of Error Prone Sample ITS will send copies of Notification Letters and the Meal Verification List to the school. Letters will be addressed to the parents of the youngest student on the family application. School sites will only receive Notification Letters if the youngest student attends that school.

7 Schools Must Do the Following: Print the applications selected for verification from the Department of Food and Nutrition website Print the applications selected for verification from the Department of Food and Nutrition website Attach Notification Letters to applications Attach Notification Letters to applications Create the following files for Verification: Create the following files for Verification: 1. Meal Verification List 2. Meal Applications

8 Notifying the Household The Department of Food and Nutrition sends the The Department of Food and Nutrition sends the Notification Letters to the households. Parents have two (2), ten (10) day periods to respond with documents. The first period is operating days. The second period is calendar days. Parents have two (2), ten (10) day periods to respond with documents. The first period is operating days. The second period is calendar days. All Notification Letters should be received by All Notification Letters should be received by households by October 10 th. Start of the first ten (10) operating day period is October 10 th. Start of the first ten (10) operating day period is October 10 th.

9 Collecting Documents from the Family Income Income SNAP/TANF/FDPIR* SNAP/TANF/FDPIR* *Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families/Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

10 Income Verification Proof of each income listed on application Proof of each income listed on application Based on GROSS income amount when application was submitted and up to time of verification Based on GROSS income amount when application was submitted and up to time of verification

11 Income Documents Paycheck stub (overtime counts if it is the norm) Paycheck stub (overtime counts if it is the norm) Official dated letter from the employer Official dated letter from the employer Supplemental Social Security Income Notice Supplemental Social Security Income Notice Unemployment Compensation Notice Unemployment Compensation Notice Tax Return for self-employed ONLY Tax Return for self-employed ONLY Social Security Retirement Benefits Social Security Retirement Benefits Court Decree (child support/alimony) Court Decree (child support/alimony) Disability Award/Compensation Disability Award/Compensation Workers Compensation Workers Compensation Veterans Administration Benefits Veterans Administration Benefits Other dated, confirmed and documented information Other dated, confirmed and documented information

12 SNAP/TANF/FDPIR Requirements: Official, dated documents from the Department of Children and Families or FDPIR Office Official, dated documents from the Department of Children and Families or FDPIR Office o Letter of Eligibility o Notice of Case Action Letter o Other letters showing name of parent or childs case number with benefit eligibility dates Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are not accepted Electronic Benefit Transfer cards are not accepted Directly Certified students are not verified Directly Certified students are not verified Households without proper documents may complete a new application providing income documentation. Households without proper documents may complete a new application providing income documentation.

13 Collected Documents Attach copies of documents to the copy of the students application – DO NOT USE STAPLES. Attach copies of documents to the copy of the students application – DO NOT USE STAPLES. A new application is required if a family changes from income to SNAP/TANF/FDPIR (or vice versa). A new application is required if a family changes from income to SNAP/TANF/FDPIR (or vice versa). A new application is not required if documents show a different income amount. A new application is not required if documents show a different income amount. ($200 monthly income reported; pay stub shows $500 per month – a new application is not required).

14 Send Copies of Documents to The Department of Food and Nutrition Send copies of verification documents with the application ID number noted on each document. Send copies of verification documents with the application ID number noted on each document. If the frequency of the income is unclear, clarify with If the frequency of the income is unclear, clarify with the household and note it on the document prior to sending to the Department of Food and Nutrition.

15 Status Updates The Department of Food and Nutrition The Department of Food and Nutrition is responsible for updating all verification student activity. Positive benefit changes are effective immediately upon entering into ISIS. Positive benefit changes are effective immediately upon entering into ISIS. Negative benefit changes are held in suspense for ten (10) days. Negative benefit changes are held in suspense for ten (10) days. Schools must send home the Verification Status Letter (generated by ITS) notifying parents of the negative change effective in 10 days.

16 Households with No Response If households do not respond by Friday, October 23 rd, students are moved into the ISIS suspense file If households do not respond by Friday, October 23 rd, students are moved into the ISIS suspense file Schools MUST send home the Verification Status Letter immediately upon receipt from ITS or from Control-D Web to students who have not yet responded Schools MUST send home the Verification Status Letter immediately upon receipt from ITS or from Control-D Web to students who have not yet responded This starts the second ten (10) day calendar period Households have until Saturday, November 2 nd to respond with appropriate documents. Households have until Saturday, November 2 nd to respond with appropriate documents.

17 Transfer and Withdrawal Students Applications remain in the Verification File Applications remain in the Verification File School sites must add incoming transfer students and note withdrawal students on the Meal Verification List School sites must add incoming transfer students and note withdrawal students on the Meal Verification List Transfer students are required to complete the verification process at the school they have transferred to Transfer students are required to complete the verification process at the school they have transferred to

18 Transfer Students If the transfer student has not completed verification at his/her previous school, the receiving school must follow the procedures for the verification process: Print the application Print the application Add student to the Meal Verification List Add student to the Meal Verification List Collect and review documents Collect and review documents Send documents to Food and Nutrition Send documents to Food and Nutrition

19 After Saturday, November2 nd, AUTOMATIC TERMINATION of Meal Benefits to Students Who Have Not Responded!

20 File the final Meal Verification List on the following dates from Control-D Web on: File the final Meal Verification List on the following dates from Control-D Web on: Monday, November 4 th (students who had not responded) Monday, November 4 th (students who had not responded) Tuesday, November 12 th (students who are pending negative status change updates) Tuesday, November 12 th (students who are pending negative status change updates) Notify any gifted school sites, alternative programs, magnet centers, etcetera of the students change in benefit (print the ISIS screen). Notify any gifted school sites, alternative programs, magnet centers, etcetera of the students change in benefit (print the ISIS screen). Completion of the Verification Process

21 Notify the food service manager of eligibility status updates (print the ISIS screen). Notify the food service manager of eligibility status updates (print the ISIS screen). Have a plan for those students who show up Monday, November 4 th and Tuesday, November 12 th without money (e.g. alternate meal plan). Have a plan for those students who show up Monday, November 4 th and Tuesday, November 12 th without money (e.g. alternate meal plan). Completion of the Verification Process (continued)

22 Record Keeping The following Verification Files should be maintained at each school site: Meal Verification List (include all lists) Meal Verification List (include all lists) Meal Applications Meal Applications Printed copies of verification applications attached to copies of: Printed copies of verification applications attached to copies of: Notification of Verification Letter Notification of Verification Letter Verification Documents Verification Documents Verification Status Letter(s) Verification Status Letter(s) Report of Verification Students with No ISIS Activity Report of Verification Students with No ISIS Activity

23 Reapplication for Meal Benefits Verification Students must submit a new application and all documentation that was required during the verification process. Verification Students must submit a new application and all documentation that was required during the verification process. Send a new application along with documents to the Department of Food and Nutrition, Attention: FAST Center. Send a new application along with documents to the Department of Food and Nutrition, Attention: FAST Center.

24 Reapplication for Meal Benefits (continued) Copies of all applications and verification Copies of all applications and verification documents remain in the Meal Application File (Verification). Do not record reapplication results on the Meal Do not record reapplication results on the Meal Verification List. Remember: meal applications are accepted anytime during the school year.

25 Print applications and place in Meal Application file. Print applications and place in Meal Application file. Attach Notification Letters to applications. Attach Notification Letters to applications. Collect and review all documents. Collect and review all documents. Attach copies of documents to application and maintain in Meal Application file. Attach copies of documents to application and maintain in Meal Application file. Send copies of documents with the application ID# noted on each page to the Department of Food and Nutrition. Send copies of documents with the application ID# noted on each page to the Department of Food and Nutrition. Summary of School Responsibilities

26 Send Verification Status Letter(s) home with student. Place verification lists in Meal Verification List file. Place verification lists in Meal Verification List file. Document Transfers/Withdrawal students on the Meal Verification List. Document Transfers/Withdrawal students on the Meal Verification List. The receiving school is responsible for completing the verification process for transfer students if the process has not been completed. The receiving school is responsible for completing the verification process for transfer students if the process has not been completed. Reapplications must include the Verification application ID number. Reapplications must include the Verification application ID number. Summary of School Responsibilities ( continued )

27 Accessing Applications On-line Available October 10, 2013

28 Log-In Page ENTER: 1. EMPLOYEE # 2. PASSWORD

29 School Site Verification List Click Printer Icon to print all applications

30 Sample Income Application

31 Sample SNAP/TANF/FDPIR Application

32 Control-D Web Final Meal Verification List: Product # T0514P83-01 Control-D Web Viewer Handbook:

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34 Control-D Web Report Viewer

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36 Procedure for Viewing Student Lunch Information in ISIS

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45 Verification Questions and Answers

46 Questions from Parents Q. What is verification? A. An audit that is required by the federal government to certify eligibility conducted by the Local Educational Agency (LEA). Q. Why was I selected? Q. Why was I selected? A. Your application fell within the required criteria for review and was randomly selected. A. Your application fell within the required criteria for review and was randomly selected.

47 SNAP/TANF/FDPIR Documents Q. Is a copy of a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR debit card acceptable? A. No. Only an official, dated document from the Department of Children and Families showing the case number, name of recipient(s) and date of eligibility is acceptable.

48 Accessing and Printing Applications Q. How do I obtain student applications for my file? Q. How do I obtain student applications for my file? A. You may access the applications on-line at (see verification presentation for further instructions).

49 Reapplication for Meal Benefits Q. Do parents need to fill out a new application if the income is different than what is on the application? A1. A new application is not required if verification information is a change in income (e.g. a check stub shows more/less income than reported on the application). A2. A new application is required when a student changes from income eligibility to a SNAP/TANF/FDPIR qualifying number or vice versa (e.g. a student brings in a Notice of Case Action for food stamps when an income is reported on the application).

50 Income Reporting Q. How is overtime income counted? A. If the income is a one time or sporadic source of income, it should be calculated based on regular monthly income without overtime. If the overtime is typical, it should be included (ask the parents and document conversation on the documents provided). Q. If a household is paid weekly and submits a pay stub for a week, must I go back and ask for pay stubs for an entire month? A. No. If the weekly pay stub is representative of what the household normally receives, one pay stub is sufficient. If pay frequency and/or pay period are not provided, contact household for clarification. Q. Is a copy of a tax return acceptable? A. For self employed ONLY. Monthly income should be determined by taking the reported gross earnings and dividing by 12.

51 Submitting Documents Q. Should I collect my documents and send them in all at once? A. No. Send in documents for each household as you collect them, even if it is for only one family application. Include Application ID number on all documents submitted. Q. Where should I send my documents? A. Send documents to Location #9025, Department of Food and Nutrition, Attention: FAST Center.

52 Department of Food and Nutrition (786) , Ext Please call if you have any questions. Thank You! This presentation may be accessed on-line at


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