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Professional Standards Summary of Updates Flyer

The Professional Standards Summary of Updates Flyer provides an overview of the Professional Standards requirements which consist of hiring standards and annual training requirements for state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff.

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Planning for a Dynamic School Environment During School Year 2021-2022: Flexibilities in Practice

While many schools will return to their regular cafeteria meal service this year, schools will need to be prepared for many contingencies. FNS encourages schools to have plans in place to ensure students have access to school meals no matter what this school year may bring.  

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Guide to Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs

A central resource outlining the USDA Professional Standards requirements for state and local school nutrition professionals.

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CAM Tool Examples

There are four different types of CAM Tool (MS - Excel) examples that are available to assist the user.

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CAM Tool (Excel)

The Cost Allocation Methodologies (CAM) provides a consistent, objective cost allocation process for identifying all federal and state benefiting programs and calculating an equitable distribution of software development costs among those benefiting programs. A series of worksheets walks the use through the cost allocation process.

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CAM Tool User Guide

CAM Tool User Guide - supplements the on-screen help available in the CAM-Tool, itself.  It contains step-by-step procedures and screen displays to illustrate how to capture and analyze the data needed to produce equitable distributions of software development costs to federal and state benefiting programs.

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CAM Toolkit

The CAM Toolkit was made available to federal, state, and local agencies through collaboration among the US Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families and Office of Child Support Enforcement, FNS, and representatives from the States of Kansas and Texas. 

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School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern Chart

Meal pattern chart for the School Breakfast Program

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Short and Long Week Calculations

Meal pattern calculations for short and long weeks. This applies to schools who regularly operate on a shorter or longer weekly cycle.

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Professional Standards

Professional Standards for school nutrition professionals is a key provision of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The final rule, published March 2, 2015, requires a minimum amount of annual training hours for all state directors of school nutrition programs, state director of distributing agencies, school nutrition program directors, managers, and staff.