Meal Patterns for Grades K-12 in School Nutrition Programs

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Meal Patterns for Grades K-12
School Year 2018-19 (Effective July 1, 2018)

Lunch Meal Patterns | Breakfast Meal Patterns | RCCI Exemption

 
Lunch Meal Patterns for Standard Grade Groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
Lunch Meal Patterns for Grades K-8

The K-8 meal pattern option is for schools with grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the required grade groups for K-5 and 6-8. This meal pattern option requires a narrower calorie range and more restrictive sodium limit.

Lunch Menu Planning Checklists

Breakfast Meal Patterns for Standard Grade Groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
Breakfast Meal Patterns for Multiple Grade Groups

These meal pattern options are for schools with grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups (K-5, 6-8, and 9-12). These meal pattern options require a narrower calorie range and more restrictive sodium limit.

Meal Pattern Exemption for RCCIs with Multiple Age Groups

The USDA allows RCCIs that meet certain criteria to serve one meal pattern even when the ages/grades being served span more than one age/grade group. This exemption is allowed when the RCCI meets one of the two conditions below:

  1. The RCCI meets the following three criteria:
    • is a juvenile detention or correctional facility;
    • consists of more than one age/grade group; and
    • has legitimate safety concerns or state juvenile justice laws or regulations related to offering meals with varying amounts of food within the same meal period.
  2. The RCCI is NOT a juvenile detention or correctional facility but can demonstrate operational limitations to separating age/grade groups and can show legitimate safety concerns if students are served meals with different portion sizes.

Eligible RCCIs must submit a written waiver request to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) using the CSDE's Meal Pattern Exception Request Form. For more information, review the CSDE memos below.