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Local School Wellness Policy: Administrative Review Process

Last Published: 07/22/2016

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, as amended by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), required a unified accountability system designed to ensure that participating school food authorities (SFAs) comply with National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) requirements. The Act also requires the evaluation of program requirements during a 3-year cycle.
The Administrative Review provides a comprehensive evaluation process for State Agencies (SAs) to evaluate SFAs that operate the school meals programs. The review process includes both Critical and General Areas of Review and offers a more robust review of program operations. This includes the implementation of the HHFKA program requirements and the review of other Federal programs. Food and Nutrition Service provides forms, instructions, and guidance to standardize this review process.

The monitoring of local school wellness policies falls under the General Areas of the Administrative Review. The scope of this monitoring may require the SA to assess how areas of the local educational agency, other than the school food service, implement their local school wellness policy responsibilities, as applicable.

Refer to the Local Process page to see which documentation to keep on file.

For more information on SY 2016-17, school districts should contact their respective State agencies.