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Child Nutrition School Year Lockdown

The NYS Education Department (SED) implements a School Year Lockdown for the Child Nutrition (CN) Program, including the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). This lockdown is designed to ensure that claims are submitted by a School Food Authority (SFA) and processed by SED in a timely manner consistent with Federal and State regulations.

Please note that these procedures are not designed to reduce the amount of funds paid to any SFA. These procedures are designed to help the SFA and SED complete claims processing, in as an efficient manner as possible.

Listed below is a description of the process, the actions that SED will be taking and their effect on the SFA or other participating agency.

There are two phases to the School Year Lockdown. Phase I occurs in mid-February, Phase II in mid-September of each year.

Phase I Lockdown (Preliminary Lockdown)

  • Begins in mid-February
  • The previous September claim month will be closed
  • Claim months prior to that September will also be closed

(e.g. In February 2016, the claim for September 2015 and all months prior will be closed.)

The SFA will no longer be able to file a new claim on-line or make an adjustment to an existing claim on-line for the months corresponding to the lockdown period. Therefore, rather than submitting the claim/adjustment electronically through the Child Nutrition Management System (CNMS) a paper claim will need to be submitted to the Child Nutrition Reimbursement (CNR) Unit for processing. To request a paper claim form, email  A claim in 'Working' Status, one that has not yet been ‘Submitted’, will also require the submission of a paper claim. Once a paper claim is received, CNR will consult with the Child Nutrition (CN) Program Office to determine if the claim should be approved. The claim is still subject to all edit checks and claim rules within CNMS before it can be paid. If the claim is approved, the payment will not be released on CNMS until the September coinciding with the closeout of the funding year for that claim. If the claim is not approved, the SFA will be notified. (e.g. Paper claims submitted after the 2016 Phase I Lockdown, if approved by the CN Program Office, will be dispersed in September of 2016).

No other claim related functions used by the SFA or the CN Program Office will be affected during Phase I Lockdown.

After the Preliminary Lockdown goes into effect, CN staff will continue to work with the SFA to resolve all outstanding issues and claims.

Phase II Lockdown (Final Lockdown)

  • Begins mid-September
  • SFA will not be able to modify any system claim data related to the lockdown period
  • New claims or adjustments to claims affected by lockdown will not be allowed
  • Claims in ‘Working’ or ‘Interface Error’ status will be automatically deleted by CNMS
  • Claims on ‘Hold’ for ANY reason will be automatically ‘Denied’ by CNMS
  • Claims on ‘Appeal’ will be automatically ‘Denied’ by CNMS
  • There will be no on-line ability to ‘Appeal’ a denied claim

Under School Year Lockdown procedures, the SFA has between eleven and twenty-two months to complete an approvable claim for any particular month. Please note that each claim must still be submitted in accordance with the 60-day submission requirement. (See table below.)

Month Original or Adjusted Claim Due Phase I Lockdown Date Phase II Lockdown Date Total Number of Months to Complete Claim
September 2015 Within 60 days (No change) February 2016 September 2016 11
October 2015 " February 2017 September 2017 22
November 2015 " " " 21
December 2015 " " " 20
January 2016 " " " 19
February 2016 " " " 18
March 2016 " " " 17
April 2016 " " " 16
May 2016 " " " 15
June 2016 " " " 14
July 2016 " " " 13
August 2016 " " " 12

When a claim is submitted but does not pass CNMS edit checks it is the responsibility of the SFA to take the appropriate actions to resolve the claim. The SFA should resolve the problem as soon as possible to ensure that an approvable claim is submitted to SED prior to Final Lockdown. These procedures require that an unapproved claim be resolved prior to Final Lockdown in order for the SFA to receive reimbursement for that claim.

Questions regarding these procedures can be sent to

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email:

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Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electró

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