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PY 2021-2022 Applications Reminders

" August 31, 2021 - The School Nutrition Program (SNP) site applications must be submitted and approved as a prerequisite for SSO application processing.
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The School Nutrition Program (SNP) site applications must be submitted and approved as a prerequisite for SSO application processing. SSO sites submitted for approval will be returned for correction if there are no SNP site applications in submitted and/or approved status.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Approved Site Application Behavior An approved SSO site application in the prior program year may not automatically roll over to the next program year and populate in the SSO Site Application Site List. In these instances, sponsors should choose the “Add Site Application” function located at the bottom of the Site List and manually add the site application back to the Site List.

Seamless Summer Option (SSO) Closed Site Application Behavior
When an SSO site application is closed in the prior program year, it may roll-over to the current program year in Pending Validation status. In this eventuality, these site applications may be ignored or deleted at the sponsor's discretion.

ASCP Site Applications that reflect no pre-populated Free and Reduced Eligibility or less than 50% Free and Reduced Eligibility
When completing a site application for ASCP that does not meet area eligibility, the system will respond with an error message. To address this scenario, please follow these instructions:
Line number C4. Free and Reduced Enrollment Percentage:
  1. Select second option, “Attendance Area Eligible – Eligible based on another site (claim all snacks free)”
  2. From the resulting drop-down menu, select “Other.”
  3. From the resulting text field, enter, “USDA waiver #85.”
Seamless Summer Option Program Year 2022 (SSO PY22)
As of July 15, 2021, site applications in TX-UNPS are open for SSO PY22. Please update and submit all SSO site applications that you intend to operate for October 2021 through the end of the school year. Please see below for SSO site application guidance:

Site application naming convention:
    • CONGREGATE ONLY: Use regular Site Name and Site ID#
    • NON-CONGREGATE ONLY: Grab and Go - use CVGG as the site name. For example, CVGG Brushy Oaks EL.
    • NON-CONGREGATE/CONGREGATE COMBINATION: May be one site. Use CVGG as the site name. For example, CVGG Brushy Oaks El. Two separate site applications do not need to be completed.
    • HOME DELIVERY: Use CVHD as the site name.

SPECIAL GUIDANCE FOR SSO SITES, please read carefully:
  1. If the site does comply with standard area eligibility requirements, then complete the site as normal.
  2. For sites that do not comply with standard area eligibility requirements please use the following guidance.
OPEN/RESTRICTED OPEN Site:
  1. Indicate the type of site as Open or Restricted Open. If Restricted Open answer “Why is attendance limited/restricted due to security, safety or control?” (note- restricted open is still an open site, serving on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is met due to security, safety, or control).
  2. Respond to “Qualified by:” choose “Other.” Enter, “USDA waiver #85” in the “Explain” text field.
CLOSED ENROLLED site:
Complete Section 13 Type of Site and Eligibility in the SSO site application in TX-UNPS
  1. Indicate the type of site as Closed Enrolled
  2. In the first text box enter “USDA waiver #85.
  3. Answer “Why sponsoring a closed site” Covid Flexibilities
  4. Respond to Qualified by: choose Other. Enter “USDA waiver #85” in the Explain text field

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Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1. Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
 
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