The following areas address Civil Rights compliance for Child Nutrition Programs. Training should be provided to administrative and school staff in the areas of civil rights.
1. Display the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Non-Discrimination Poster in a prominent place in the cafeteria visible to students and parents.
2. Provide program benefits to disabled students as appropriate. This includes students with special dietary needs. The Special Dietary Needs form (provided by the Office of Child Nutrition) must be current and appropriately completed by a doctor or approved medical authority in order to accommodate special dietary needs.
3. Provide benefits to all students without discrimination or separation by race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability in the eating areas, serving lines, seating arrangements or eating periods.
4. Be aware of procedures for receiving complaints alleging discrimination. Refer to the Civil Rights section of the Policy Manual for Child Nutrition Programs.
5. Record and report discrimination complaints to the West Virginia Department of Education/Office of Child Nutrition or the USDA.
6. Include the Non-Discrimination and Complaint Statement on all Child Nutrition materials. This includes student or county handbooks, flyers, news releases, county websites, and other materials given to parents. The statement reads:
In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this Institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice). TDD users can contact the USDA through local relay or the Federal Relay at (800)877-8339 (TDD) or (866)377-8642 (relay voice users). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If material is too small to include the full statement or if the material is only one page (such as menus), the material must, at a minimum, include the following statement:
"This institution is an equal opportunity provider."
The print size of this statement cannot be smaller than the text material.