School Nutrition Weekly Newsletter
March 6, 2020
Happy National School Breakfast Week!
IDOE Website Created For Schools to Support Participation in the Upcoming Census
- The upcoming U.S. Census will determine the federal funds schools receive.
- Click here to access IDOE's census resources for superintendents, principals, teachers, and families.
Important Information Related to the COVID-19 (also known as the Coronavirus) and Schools
- The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is working under the directive of Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) to provide guidance to schools regarding COVID-19.
- In preparation for potential impacts from the COVID-19 virus, schools should review their pandemic plans within their overall school safety plan.
- Schools should also consult with their local health department in the planning process.
- The Division of School Building Physical Security and Safety is available to provide assistance with school safety planning needs.
- Questions of a medical nature should be directed to Jolene Bracale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions regarding pandemic plans should be directed to Steve Balko at email@example.com.
- COVID-19 Resources for Indiana Schools can be found here.
- Additionally, IDOE is releasing this document for school nurses and administrators.
- Please see this memo regarding general precautions to avoid the spread of viruses.
- USDA's Office of Emergency Management and Child Nutrition Program staff at the National Office are working on this issue as well. The expectation is a policy memo with guidance will be issued from the National Office.
Indiana Nutrition Newsletter Now Available
- The latest edition of the Indiana Nutrition Newsletter is available!
- Included in this edition:
- New Food Service Directors First Year
- Indiana Food Day 2020
- Child Nutrition Recipe Box
- And more!
- Click here to read the newsletter.
ISNA/IDOE School Nutrition Certificate Courses Registration Available
- Registration is now open for the March Certificate Program Courses.
- The courses will be held on Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 at the Willows on Westfield.
Sessions being offered include:
- Menu Planning Regulations and Concepts
- Food Production and Operation Management
- Human Resource Management
- Planning for the Next Crisis: Keeping Your Staff and Space Safe
New Breakfast Study from No Kid Hungry
- Nearly 8 million students a year are considered “chronically absent,” meaning they miss at least three weeks of school per year.
- A new research report from No Kid Hungry finds that serving school breakfast after the bell as a part of the school day has the potential to significantly reduce chronic absenteeism.
- The study also found that Breakfast After the Bell led to improvements in reading achievement and “internalizing behaviors,” such as anxiety, loneliness and sadness among students.
- While school breakfast is often viewed as something separate from school performance, these findings reinforce that it is crucial for student success both in and out of school.
- For more information, please contact Erica Olmstead at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ICN’s Child Nutrition Sharing Site
- ICN's Child Nutrition Sharing Site (CNSS) is an online information center providing schools with a means for sharing effective resources and tools related to program operation.
- Schools can find recipes as well as local wellness policy, menu planning, and nutrition education resources for free on the site.
- This collaboration between the ICN and USDA gives CNP professionals access to resources that support current Federal regulations, policies, and guidance.
- Click here to access the site.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this newsletter, please contact Allie Caito-Sipe at email@example.com, call (317) 232-0849, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20849, or contact Ashley Heller at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (317) 232-0544, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20544.
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