Arizona Department of Education (ADE) continues to send questions regularly to USDA in an effort to clarify programmatic guidance related to COVID-19 not yet released in formal memorandums. ADE has received clarification that
once school starts, the School Food Authority (SFA) must make the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) available during all academic schools days to all enrolled students in attendance, whether in-person or virtually.
Please review the Q&A below for additional guidance on ensuring access to NSLP:
If distance learning begins while in-person instruction is delayed, can the SFA choose to delay serving NSLP meals until students return to in-person instruction?
No. If it is an academic school day and the child was in attendance, whether in-person or virtually, the SFA must provide access to the meal.