Professionally qualified directors recognize the need and possess the skills to position the SNPs as an integral part of the educational program, maximize the use of federal, state, and local funds, and build state and community alliances that provide additional program and district support. SNPs have the potential to help improve the health and academic achievement of children and adolescents, ensuring a better educated and healthier nation in the future.
SNA believes that professional standards will elevate the quality and efficiency of School Nutrition Programs nationwide with respect to nutrition, food safety, operations and fiscal management by ensuring that all administrators are better qualified to manage these complex programs.
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Professional Standards Background (pdf)
Task Force Recommendations (pdf)
This summer, an Ad Hoc Committee of SNA Past Presidents presented to the SNA Board of Directors a proposal calling for the establishment of standards for professionally qualified directors of school nutrition programs at the State and LEA levels. As part of SNA's annual plan of work the Association believes there is a need to elevate its actions on this issue, especially as it relates to Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
As a follow up to this action, the House of Delegates held a mega issue discussion at the SNA 2009 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas to determine whether the Association should adopt and advocate for Federal professional standards as part of the Child Nutrition and Reauthorization Act. The outcome of that discussion was overwhelmingly in favor of developing some type of professional standards and that it was best for SNA to lead the way. On August 20-22, 2009, the SNA Professional Standards Task Force convened in National Harbor, MD to draft recommendations for professional standards for school nutrition professionals.
SNA members are encouraged to review and comment on the Task Force’s recommendations on this blog. The recommendations will be posted here on Monday, September 21st. SNA members will have from September 21-October 2 to provide comments. All comments will be considered by the Professional Standards Task Force. During the Committee Days meeting in October, the SNA Board of Directors will review the recommendations and vote to approve them. Following approval, SNA will begin to solicit Congressional support for these standards, as a part of our efforts concerning Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
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