Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2018, signed into law on April 12, 2018, amended the Education Law to add a new section 908 requiring all public school districts (as well as charter and non-public schools) participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program (the “Programs”), and which require students to pay for breakfast and/or lunch meals, to develop a plan to ensure that students whose parents/guardians have unpaid school meal fees are not shamed or treated differently from students whose parents/guardians do not owe outstanding fees. Under the new law, school districts are required to submit a plan to the Commissioner of Education (the “Commissioner”) by July 1, 2018, and then adopt and post the plan on the school district's website. Guercio & Guercio, LLP clients may access the full memorandum in the client portal.
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