Nuts & Bolts of School Nutrition Programs Continuation Series

Are you looking to increase your knowledge about and ability to implement the USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs? This free online training series presented by the Education Specialists from the Office for Food and Nutrition Programs at DESE provides a deeper dive into the program requirements for SY21-22.

Live webinars will take place at 2:00 pm on the third Tuesday of each month (exception: March includes webinars on both Tuesday & Thursday).

At the end of each session, you will have access to surveys and certificates of training. The certificates of training will note the hours earned towards your professional standards requirement (SLCs: Suggested Learning Codes). Please note: The presentation portion of each webinar will be recorded. The Q & A portion of each webinar will only be available during the live session. Recordings will be available on the JSI website approximately 1 week after the live presentation.

Registration is required to attend the live webinars via Zoom. Register once and receive reminders about all the sessions in the Continuation Series.

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School Year 2021 – 2022  Webinar Agenda

September 21, 2021

Join us for an in-depth discussion of the Direct Certification process conducted to certify eligible children for free and reduced-price meals without the need for household applications. During this webinar we will answer your questions about reporting and documentation requirements giving you a broad perspective on how this data is used once reported! – Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3100

 Join us to refresh and expand your understanding of the Meal Benefit Application Process. This webinar will focus on strategies to ensure compliance and how to address common challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring questions or unique scenarios to share with the group. – Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3110

October 19, 2021

Review all parts of the Verification Process so you can identify and avoid common procedural errors and effectively use the Direct Verification Process. Starting with the initial steps for verification, addressing the selection procedures and when to review questionable applications. We will wrap up with the required procedures for notifications and follow-up, allowable sources for verification and tips for determining if verification is complete. – Suggested Learning Codes: 3000, 3100

A strong and accurate meal counting and claiming process is key to the success of all school nutrition programs. Is your current process leading to costly errors?  Join us for a session that takes a closer look at how to strengthen your current process to ensure accuracy.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions and real-life challenges up for discussion. – Suggested Learning Codes: 3310, 3300

November 16, 2021

In this session we will review the different ways in which schools can participate in afterschool meal programs. Afterschool meals promote the health and well-being of children and youth in local communities by providing nutritious meals and snacks, and filling the afternoon hunger gap for children and teens. When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, supportive adults, and good nutrition. Participants who attend this online session will understand eligibility requirements, the available meal patterns, and which meal options are available under the different programs. – Suggested Learning Codes: 1100, 4120

This webinar will review how to complete the Verification Collection Report that is due on January 24, 2022. It will specifically discuss how the new Virtual Gateway results of Exact Match Reduced are reported and answer any district questions prior to submission. – Suggested Learning Codes: 3000, 3100

December 21, 2021

The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program have been shaken up this year. Join us as we problem solve current challenges schools are facing serving reimbursable meals. We will go through current waivers and share best practices to make sure all students no matter where they are learning have access to nutritious meals. If you would like to submit your questions to be answered on this webinar email Kelly.Burke3@mass.gov. – Suggested Learning Codes: 1110, 1150

This session will focus on ensuring the school’s production records have the information needed to demonstrate meal pattern compliance. We’ll also look at dietary specifications and how to keep tabs on calories, saturated fat and sodium without nutrient analysis software. – Suggested Learning Codes: 2610, 2620

January 18, 2021

Procurement reviews are a specialized monitoring activity that districts can be selected for in addition to their Administrative Review. Ensuring your procurement practices are in line with regulations long before being selected is key to being prepared. Join us to learn steps you can take today to prepare for a procurement review! – Suggested Learning Code: 3350 

Boost your participation and community engagement through effective communication about the availability of School Meal Programs! We will discuss the role and requirements for the Public Release, accommodations for parents and students with Limited English Proficiency and visual or auditory disabilities. Bring your challenges and questions on how to apply these Civil Rights program requirements in the real world. – Suggested Learning Codes: 4000, 4100 

February 15, 2021

Join us for a review of each spend option for maximizing your entitlement dollars. We will take a deep dive into each spend option to help you make the most informed plan for the next school year!

    • DoD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program & Developing an Entitlement Spending Plan.
    • Processing / Diversion
    • Brown Box

Suggested Learning Code: 1170

March – Community Eligibility Provision Series

March 15, 2021

This session will focus on strategies to ensure program integrity and financial considerations specific to schools operating CEP. We will also look at the important due dates and tasks that need to be completed throughout the year. It would be beneficial for Business Managers to attend with Food Service Directors to ensure a common understanding of the financial impact CEP has on your district. – Suggested Learning Code: 3130

This session will walk you through the CEP application process including how to build a master roster. We will also review the process of renewing the Individual Student Percentage (ISP) and how you communicate that to DESE. – Suggested Learning Code: 3130

March 17, 2021

This session will walk you through the CEP application process including how to build a master roster. We will also review the process of renewing the Individual Student Percentage (ISP) and how you communicate that to DESE. Additionally, this session will guide you through the various school grouping options that are available to CEP districts. – Suggested Learning Code: 3130

This session will provide step-by-step instructions on completing the CEP April report. We will then end with a review of the process to apply, renew, or waive CEP in the DESE security portal. – Suggested Learning Code: 3130

April 19, 2021

Creating a culture of health and wellness in schools is a collaborative effort. This online session will provide participants with tips for building and sustaining an active wellness committee. The session will also highlight the importance of the Local Wellness Policy, its requirements, and how to properly assess a policy. This training will set you up for School Wellness Success! – Suggested Learning Code: 4160

This session will be tailored to fit the needs of RCCIs. We will highlight the Top 10 reminders for RCCIs to ensure safe and compliant operation of Child Nutrition Programs. Topics covered will range from how to navigate the security portal, meal counting and claiming, meal pattern and menu compliance, food safety, professional development, and the importance of teamwork and communication. – Suggested Learning Codes: 1100, 2310

For districts using these sessions for socially-distanced group trainings, please read the instructions and email the attendance sheet to JSI at johnstalker@framingham.edu to receive a group certificate of training.  

Questions specific to content included in the Virtual Nuts & Bolts of School Nutrition Programs sessions may be submitted via Ask DESE Anything.

School Year 2020 – 2021 webinar recordings:

Recorded on September 16, 2020 – click here to view
Join us for an in-depth discussion of the Direct Certification process conducted to certify eligible children for free and reduced-price meals without the need for household applications. During this webinar we will answer your questions about reporting and documentation requirements giving you a broad perspective on how this data is used once reported! – 0.25 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3120

Recorded on September 29, 2020 – click here to view 
Join us to refresh and expand your understanding of the Meal Benefit Application Process. This webinar will focus on strategies to ensure compliance and how to address common challenges. – 0.25 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3110

Recorded on October 8, 2020 – click here to view
Review all parts of the Verification Process so you can identify and avoid common procedural errors and effectively use the Direct Verification Process. Starting with the initial steps for verification, addressing the selection procedures and when to review questionable applications. We will wrap up with the required procedures for notifications and follow-up, allowable sources for verification and tips for determining if verification is complete. – 0.75 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 3000, 3100

Recorded on October 27, 2020 – click here to view
A strong and accurate meal counting and claiming process is key to the success of all school nutrition programs. Is your current process leading to costly errors?  Join us for a session that takes a closer look at how to strengthen your current process to ensure accuracy. – 0.75 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 3310, 3300

Recorded on November 5, 2020 – click here to view
The National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program have been shaken up this year. Join us as we problem solve current challenges schools are facing serving reimbursable meals. We will go through current waivers and share best practices to make sure all students no matter where they are learning have access to nutritious meals. – 1 CEU, Suggested Learning Codes: 1110, 1150

Recorded on November 17, 2020 – click here to view
This webinar will review how to complete the Verification Collection Report that is due on January 24, 2021. It will specifically discuss how the new Virtual Gateway results of Exact Match Reduced is reported and answer any district questions prior to submission. – 0.75 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 3100, 3000 

Recorded on December 10, 2020 – click here to view
Boost your participation and community engagement through effective communication about the availability of School Meal Programs! We will discuss the role and requirements for the Public Release, accommodations for parents and students with Limited English Proficiency and visual or auditory disabilities. Bring your challenges and questions on how to apply these Civil Rights program requirements in the real world. – 0.5 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 4000, 4100 

Recorded on December 17, 2020 – click here to view
This session will focus on ensuring the school’s production records have the information needed to demonstrate meal pattern compliance. We’ll also look at dietary specifications and how to keep tabs on calories, saturated fat and sodium without nutrient analysis software. – 1 CEU, Suggested Learning Codes: 2610, 2620

Recorded on January 7, 2021 – click here to view
This session will be tailored to fit the needs of RCCIs. We will highlight the Top 10 reminders for RCCIs to ensure safe and compliant operation of Child Nutrition Programs. Topics covered will range from how to navigate the security portal, meal counting and claiming, meal pattern and menu compliance, food safety, professional development, and the importance of teamwork and communication. – 1 CEU, Suggested Learning Codes: 1100, 2310

Recorded on January 21, 2021 – click here to view
In this session we will review the different ways in which schools can participate in an afterschool meal programs. Afterschool meals promote the health and well-being of children and youth in local communities by providing nutritious meals and snacks, filling the afternoon hunger gap for children and teens. When school is out and parents are still at work, children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, supportive adults, and good nutrition. Participants who attend this online session will understand eligibility requirements, the available meal patterns, and which meal options available under the different programs. – 0.5 CEUs, Suggested Learning Codes: 4120, 1100

Presented on February 9 and 25, 2021 – click here to view
In this session, we will review the spend options for school year 2021/22 entitlement dollars, including DoD Fresh, Diversion Survey (aka Processing), and Brown Box survey. We will take a deeper dive into the spend options to help you make the most informed plan for next school year! The February 25 presentation included a live Q & A. – 0.75 CEUs, Suggested Learning Code: 1170

  • March 2, 2021 – Introduction to CEP and Financial Considerations

Recorded on March 2, 2021 – click here to view
This session will focus on strategies to ensure program integrity and financial considerations specific to schools operating CEP. We will also look at the important due dates and tasks that need to be completed throughout the year. It would be beneficial for Business Managers to attend with Food Service Directors to ensure a common understanding of the financial impact CEP has on your district. – 0.25 CEUs

  • March 9, 2021 – Applying for CEP with Renewing and Grouping Strategies

Recorded on March 9, 2021 – click here to view
This session will walk you through the CEP application process including how to build a master roster. We will also review the process of renewing the Individual Student Percentage (ISP) and how you communicate that to DESE. Additionally, this session will guide you through the various school grouping options that are available to CEP districts. – 0.5 CEUs

  • March 16, 2021 – CEP Maintaining a Master Roster

Recorded on March 16, 2021 – click here to view.
This session will guide you through monitoring enrollment changes throughout the year. We will highlight ways to maintain program integrity while maintaining a master roster and share tips to keep you ahead of the curve. –  0.5 CEUs

  • March 23, 2021 – Completing the April Report

Recorded on March 23 – click here to view
This session will provide step-by-step instructions on completing the CEP April report. We will then end with a review of the process to apply, renew, or waive CEP in the DESE security portal. – 0.5 CEUs

Suggested Learning Code for each session: 3130

Recorded on April 6, 2021 – click here to view
Creating a culture of health and wellness in schools is a collaborative effort. This online session will provide participants with tips for building and sustaining an active wellness committee. The session will also highlight the importance of the Local Wellness Policy, its requirements, and how to properly assess a policy. This training will set you up for School Wellness Success! – 0.75 CEUs, Suggested Learning Code: 4160

Recorded on April 20, 2021 – click here to view
Learn more about navigating the purchasing do’s and don’ts when considering buying locally. – 0.5 CEUs, Suggested Learning Code: 1130


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