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RELEASE: Revised Administrator's Reference Manual (ARM)

" September 30, 2021 - Revised ARM Section 5, Special Provision Options; Section 6, Verification of Eligibility; and Section 19, Meal Pricing
September 30, 2021 - The following revised ARM sections have been posted and released:

  • Section 5, Special Provision Options
      • Deleted outdated pre-k categorical eligibility guidance to align with Section 4, Eligibility updates
      • Clarified record requirements for P2 (pg. 40)
  • Section 6, Verification of Eligibility
      • Deleted outdated pre-k categorical eligibility guidance to align with Section 4, Eligibility updates
  • Section 19, Meal Pricing
      • Updated PLE exemption with current dates (pg. 40)

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