West Virginia - Food service qualifications: Staff qualifications and professional development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
Regulation
Summary: 

State law addresses certification or degree requirement for food service workers.

Code of State Rules 126-136-11. Permits Issues to Professional Educators

11.9.c.1.Q. Initial Temporary Authorization for School Nutrition Director. -- The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of satisfying the following:

11.9.c.1.Q.1.  Degree. -- At a minimum, a bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA including six semester hours of coursework related to nutrition, food, and/or food service management or WVDE approved training as provided by the Office of Child Nutrition. The six semester hours or approved training must be completed within 90 days of the start date; AND

11.9.c.1.Q.2.  Additional requirement Food Safety Training. -- The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of at least eight hours of food safety training obtained no more than five years prior to or within 30 days of start date; AND

11.9.c.1.Q.3.  Recommendation of the Superintendent. -- Receive the recommendation of the county superintendent in the county in which the applicant is employed verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the position.

11.9.c.1.Q.4.  Validity Period. -- The Temporary Authorization for School Nutrition Director shall be valid for three years.

11.9.c.1.R.  Renewal of the Temporary Authorization for School Nutrition Director. -- The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of satisfying the following:

11.9.c.1.R.1.  Professional Development Activities. -- Completion of 12 clock hours of job-specific training each year related to child nutrition programs ; AND

11.9.c.1.R.2.  USDA Required Food Safety Training. -- School Nutrition Director must maintain a valid food safety certification while employed in the school meal program; AND

11.9.c.1.R.3.  Recommendation of the Superintendent. -- Receive the recommendation of the county superintendent in the county in which the applicant is employed.


Code of State Rules 126-86-9. Staffing

9.1.a. Initial Temporary Authorization for School Nutrition Director. -- The applicant for licensure must provideevidence of satisfying the following:

  • 9.1.a.1. Degree. -- At a minimum, hold a bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA including six semester hours of coursework related to nutrition, food, and/or food service management or WVDE approved training as provided by the OCN. The six semester hours or approved training must be completed within 90 days of the start date; AND

  • 9.1.a.2. Food Safety Training. -- The applicant for licensure must provide evidence of at least eight hours of food safety training obtained no more than five years prior to or within 30 days of start date; AND

  • 9.1.a.3. Recommendation of the County Superintendent. -- Receive the recommendation of the county superintendent in the county in which the applicant is employed verifying that the applicant is the most qualified candidate for the position.


Code of State Rules 126-136-18. Appropriate Assignments According to License

18.11 Assignment of School Nutrition Director. -- Beginning with assignments made for the 2002-2003 school year, an individual assigned as a School Nutrition Director must hold a temporary authorization endorsed for School Nutrition Director.


Code of State Rules 126-85-127. Personnel and Training

127.1 Qualified personnel should be employed at both the school and SFA levels. As specified in WVBE Policy 4321.1(§ 126-86-9), county superintendents must designate a school nutrition program director. This director must hold an authorization endorsed for School Nutrition Program Director. All school nutrition program directors must annually complete a minimum of 15 clock hours of in-service credit related to Child Nutrition Programs offered or approved by the WVDE Office of Child Nutrition. It is recommended that the SFA employ a full-time school nutrition program director.

127.2. In accordance with W. Va. Code § 18A-2-5, service personnel employed for the first time must hold a high school diploma or general education development certificate (GED) or be enrolled in an approved adult education course for GED completion at the time of employment.

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