THE HENTON HEADLINES
November 23, 2022
Here’s the scoop for the week
Policies and Procedures for Alternative Lunches:
Last Friday, I heard from MASA members who said they didn’t need to make changes in light of the Attorney General’s opinion on alternative meals for students with overdue lunch accounts. On Monday, I heard from some members wondering if, even though students with outstanding account balances have full meal options, the school district is still in violation of the latest ruling.
*This morning, (Tuesday, Nov. 22), MSBA sent out a “November 2022 Newsletter” with a discussion about the Attorney General’s opinion, MSBA Model policy 534 and a link to a revised school meals model policy. I encourage you to review the revised policy.
It is important to ensure that your procedures and school board policies match. There are media reports that well over 100 school districts have policies that do not comply with the Attorney General’s recent opinion. Might you have changed procedures, but not school board policy, or vice versa? In my opinion, it’s worth the time to check and ensure your procedures and policies are reconciled.
*Related to the ruling, I asked Commissioner Mueller for clarification on the scenario below. Daron Korte, Assistant Commissioner, called me this afternoon and told me that the Attorney General’s opinion was specific to school lunch meals and does not necessarily address a la carte items.
Scenario: A student with an overdue lunch account is allowed one of three full meal options provided by the school district. One of the options is the typical hot meal. Another option is pizza. A third option is a pack-and go style full lunch meal. The student takes the hot meal and also picks up some pre-packaged chips and bottled water. The nutrition staff tell the student chips and water do not comply with the student’s meal plan. Is this lunch shaming and in violation of the new ruling?
*MDE is working on a question-and-answer document related to the Attorney General’s opinion. Look for that information to come in the weeks ahead.
As with all things, if you are unsure about your procedures and policy and if they comply with the Attorney General’s ruling, don’t hesitate to contact your school district legal counsel.
It has been my practice to use the School Messenger/robocall system sparingly, which generally has meant 1-3 times annually. I hope this trend continues.
If you didn’t get the robocall on Friday, November 18, you might want to check to see if your administrative assistant did. We have found that because administrative assistants often submit your membership paperwork to MASA (thank you, administrative assistants), their cell number, not yours, is listed. Don’t hesitate to contact me if your number needs updating.
Interested in Joining the Walz Cabinet?
Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan have opened the application process to fill vacancies for the leaders of the following cabinet agencies:
- Department of Education
- Department of Health
- Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation
- Department of Labor and Industry
- Department of Public Safety
- Department of Revenue
Individuals wishing to apply for positions in the Governor and Lieutenant Governor’s cabinet may contact [email protected] to request an application. Application materials are due by 4:00 pm on November 30 and should be addressed to Governor Tim Walz.
Applicants may contact [email protected] or (651) 201-3400 with questions about the application process or to request reasonable accommodations.
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