October 28, 2021
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Tenn. districts see effect of supply chain issues
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Two school districts in Tennessee recently alerted parents about the potential effect of supply chain challenges on school meals. While the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System and Sumner County Schools assure that students will continue to be served healthy meals, the districts warned that online menu information may not be accurate because of changing availability of certain items.
Full Story: WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (10/26) 
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School nutrition professionals in Mankato Area Public Schools in Minnesota say they are making regular menu substitutions because of supply chain challenges. Chicken, pasta and hamburger patties are among the hardest products to procure, said the district's director of nutrition services, Darcy Steuber, and some schools recently had to change menus that included chicken tenders when they did not receive their orders.
Full Story: The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) (tiered subscription model) (10/27) 
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Culinary students at Patriot High School in Virginia are preparing breakfast for front-line heroes to celebrate National First Responders Day. The school's culinary program is hosting the event this morning for first responders, who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
Full Story: WJLA-TV (Washington, D.C.) (10/28) 
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Nutrition & Wellness
An ensemble forecast from the CDC predicts daily new COVID-19 case totals will continue to drop by about 20% over the next three weeks. As of Oct. 24, the US seven-day average for new COVID-19 cases had fallen by 57% since Sept. 1, and case rates are decreasing in every US region.
Full Story: The New York Times (10/27) 
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Trends & Research
States prepare for pediatric COVID-19 vaccination
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The White House said states have submitted orders for Pfizer/BioNTech pediatric COVID-19 vaccines in anticipation of possible FDA emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 11. Shipments will begin immediately if authorization is granted, and vaccination could begin as soon as next week.
Full Story: Reuters (10/27) 
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Policy Watch
How school leaders are battling "devious licks" trend
When a social media challenge called "devious licks" circulated on TikTok in September, daring students to record themselves vandalizing school property, some school administrators went on the offensive to shut it down. Administrators in Meriden Public Schools in Connecticut addressed incidents when they happened -- instead of ignoring them -- and enlisted students to share names of those participating in the challenge.
Full Story: K-12 Dive (10/27) 
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Join SNA in San Antonio, Texas, from Jan. 16 to 18, 2022, for the School Nutrition Industry Conference (SNIC). We're looking forward to meeting in-person and reconnecting with members after nearly two years apart -- hence the theme, "Better Together!" Early bird registration discounts expire Thursday, Nov. 11. Register now!
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