Sumary of Kokua: Will the free meals for students be served at public charter schools too?:
- Question: Last week, it was announced that all students will receive free breakfast and lunch at Hawaii public schools compliments of the federal government (808ne.
- If not, what do the public charter schools need to do to qualify for this program?
- Answer: No, the blanket fee waiver does not apply to public charter schools, only to public schools administered by the statewide school system, said Derek Inoshita, a spokesman for the state Department of Education.
- Here’s his emailed response, which includes some information about what public charter schools can do: “The recently announced USDA waiver for the Hawaii Department of Education does not apply to charter schools.
- HIDOE operates as a single School Food Authority and is responsible for school meal administration at all 257 public schools under Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Part 210 — National School Lunch Program.
- Public charter schools operate as independent school food authorities and are responsible for meal administration at their specific campus(es).
- They work directly with the Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs as the primary state agency for food program operations under 7 CFR 210.9. Charter schools may submit program applications for each school year to HCNP and are responsible for informing their families of the program(s) implemented.
- ” Inoshita provided links to the federal regulations and programs he cited — 808ne.