School Nutrition Weekly Newsletter

March 6, 2020

Happy National School Breakfast Week!

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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
  • Questions regarding pandemic plans should be directed to Steve Balko at
  • 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

  • Just as a reminder, you are able to register for one or multiple sessions.
  • Click here for more information and to register.
  • Questions? Contact Sheri Shipp at

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

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, call (317) 232-0849, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20849, or contact Ashley Heller at, call (317) 232-0544, or toll-free at 1-800-537-1142 ext. 20544.

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