SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 5
January 7, 2000
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Breakfast Program: School Breakfast Pilot Project|
A School Breakfast Pilot Study Project has been initiated by Congress to study the effects of a universal free school breakfast program on school breakfast participation and on student outcomes such as, academic achievement, school attendance, tardiness, classroom behavior and attentiveness, and dietary status. This project would make available, in a limited number of elementary schools, nutritious breakfasts at no charge (free) to all students regardless of family income. This is a three-year project. Up to six School Food Authorities (school divisions) nationwide will be selected to participate. Selected school divisions must implement a universal free breakfast program in a portion of their elementary schools and continue to implement a regular breakfast program in an equal number of elementary schools. Selected school divisions must be participating currently in the School Breakfast Program and must be willing to commit to the project for the entire three years. The following attachments explain the application process and give some background and information. · School Breakfast Pilot Project Notice (Attachment 1) A copy of the Federal Register Notice announcing USDA's intention of selecting up to six School Food Authorities (SFAs) to participate in the pilot project. · School Breakfast Pilot Overview (Attachment 2) A brief overview of the pilot project and the eligibility criteria. · Evaluation Criteria and Site Selection (Attachment 3) A description of the site selection process and evaluation criteria that will be used by USDA. · Application Questionnaire (Attachment 4) The application questionnaire must be submitted as part of the application. It solicits necessary information from interested school divisions in order to determine the division's suitability for the pilot project. To be considered for the pilot project all items must be completed. Information from school division staff responsible for standardized testing will be needed. · Sample Letter of Agreement (Attachment 5) If you are selected to participate as a pilot project site, a Letter of Agreement signed by the local Superintendent indicating that the terms and conditions have been approved will be required. School divisions interested in applying for participation in this project must submit the following to the Virginia Department of Education, School Nutrition Programs by January 31, 2000: · An Application Questionnaire (attachment 4) and · A letter of commitment, signed by the Division Superintendent, assuring that the school division will abide by the terms and conditions of the pilot project if they are selected. This letter should indicate that the school division understands that, although the pilot project will have direct implications on the School Nutrition Program, the evaluation of the pilot project will also include data collection activities that will affect students, parents, teachers, and school administration. The Department of Education will review applications for completeness and to identify school divisions that are strong candidates for this project. Recommendations will be forwarded to U.S. Department of Agriculture for further consideration. The USDA will select school divisions by April 1, 2000, and will work with each site to implement the pilot project during the fall/winter of school year 2000-01. If your have any questions please contact Catherine Digilio Grimes or the School Nutrition Specialist assigned your division at (804) 225-2074/2082. JLD/idl Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.