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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