The Vermont Statutes Online
- Subchapter 001: GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 1221. Repealed. 2011, No. 58, § 3.
§ 1222. Students who may be furnished transportation
(a) Each legal pupil, as defined in section 1073 of this title, who is entitled or required to attend an elementary school or a secondary school may be furnished with total or partial transportation to school, or board, as in the opinion of the school board is reasonable and necessary to enable the student to attend school. Each school board shall adopt a transportation policy for students required to attend school in accordance with the procedure specified in subdivision 563(1) of this title. The policy shall consider the transportation needs of students, including such factors as the age and health of a student, distance to be travelled, and condition and type of highway. The policy and any subsequent amendments shall be filed in the principal's office in each school in the district. Compensation may be paid to parents or guardians, and shall be payable only in return for actual transportation or board as shall be stipulated by the school board.
(b) The provisions of 23 V.S.A. § 376 relative to the use of motor vehicles for a municipal purpose shall apply to this section.
(c) Expenditures by a school district for transportation or board under this chapter shall be included in computing current school expenses under chapter 123 of this title. (Amended 1965, No. 102, § 1, eff. June 17, 1965; 1969, No. 298 (Adj. Sess.), § 8; 1971, No. 12; 2001, No. 61, § 75, eff. June 16, 2001; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 128, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)
§ 1223. Repealed. 1965, No. 102, § 2, eff. June 17, 1965.
§ 1224. Reports
The superintendent shall include in his or her annual report to the school board of each district data regarding the students in the district who have been transported or boarded under the provisions of this chapter and the associated expenses. Annually, at a time fixed by the State Board, the superintendent shall report to the Board regarding the students transported or boarded under the provisions of this chapter and the associated expenses. (Amended 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 128, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)
- Subchapter 002: SCHOOL FOOD PROGRAMS
§ 1261. Repealed. 1969, No. 21, § 4.
§ 1261a. Definitions
As used in this subchapter:
(1) "Food programs" means provision of food to persons under programs meeting standards for assistance under the National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1751 et seq., and any amendment thereto, and in the Child Nutrition Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1779 et seq., and any amendments thereto.
(2) "School board" means the governing body responsible for the administration of a public school.
(3) "Independent school board" means a governing body responsible for the administration of a nonprofit independent school exempt from United States income taxes. (Added 1969, No. 21, § 1; amended 1991, No. 24, § 11; 2011, No. 58, § 22, eff. May 31, 2011.)
§ 1262. Repealed. 1969, No. 21, § 4.
§ 1262a. Award of grants
(a)(1) The Agency may, from funds appropriated for this subsection to the Agency, award grants to:
(A) supervisory unions for the use of member school boards that establish and operate food programs;
(B) independent school boards that establish and operate food programs; and
(C) approved education programs, as defined in subdivision 11(a)(34) of this title and operating under private nonprofit ownership as defined in the National School Lunch Act, that establish and operate food programs for students engaged in a teen parent education program or students enrolled in a Vermont public school.
(2) The amount of any grant awarded under this subsection shall not be more than the amount necessary, in addition to any reimbursement from federal funds, to pay the actual cost of the meal.
(b) The Agency may, from funds available to the Agency for this subsection, award grants to supervisory unions consisting of one or more school districts that need to initiate or expand food programs in order to meet the requirements of section 1264 of this title and that seek assistance in meeting the cost of initiation or expansion. The amount of the grants shall be limited to 75 percent of the cost deemed necessary by the Secretary to construct, renovate, or acquire additional facilities and equipment to provide lunches to all students, and shall be reduced by the amount of funds available from federal or other sources, including those funds available under section 3448 of this title. The Agency shall direct supervisory unions seeking grants under this section to share facilities and equipment within the supervisory union and with other supervisory unions for the provision of lunches wherever more efficient and effective operation of food programs can be expected to result.
(c) On a quarterly basis, from State funds appropriated to the Agency for this subsection, the Agency shall award to each supervisory union, independent school board, and approved education program as described in subsection (a) of this section a sum equal to the amount that would have been the student share of the cost of all breakfasts and lunches actually provided in the district during the previous quarter to students eligible for a reduced-price breakfast under the federal school breakfast program and students eligible for a reduced-price lunch under the federal school lunch program. (Added 1969, No. 21, § 2; amended 1973, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2007, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.027; 2011, No. 58, § 22, eff. May 31, 2011; 2013, No. 50, § E.501.1.)
§ 1262b. Rules
The State Board shall adopt rules governing grants under section 1262a of this title. The rules shall provide for grants from State funds in accordance with federal guidelines for food programs. The State Board may adopt other rules that are necessary to carry out the provisions of this subchapter. (Added 1969, No. 21, § 3; amended 1971, No. 29; 1973, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 2011, No. 58, § 22, eff. May 31, 2011; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 131, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)
§ 1263. Repealed. 1969, No. 298 (Adj. Sess.), § 79.
§ 1264. Food program
(a)(1) Each school board operating a public school shall cause to operate within the school district a food program that makes available a school lunch, as provided in the National School Lunch Act as amended, and a school breakfast, as provided in the National Child Nutrition Act as amended, to each attending student every school day.
(2) Each school board operating a public school shall offer a summer snack or meals program funded by the Summer Food Service program or the National School Lunch Program for participants in a summer educational or recreational program or camp if:
(A) at least 50 percent of the students in a school in the district were eligible for free or reduced-price meals under subdivision (1) of this subsection for at least one month in the preceding academic year;
(B) the district operates or funds the summer educational or recreational program or camp; and
(C) the summer educational or recreational program or camp is offered 15 or more hours per week.
(b) In the event of an emergency, the school board may apply to the Secretary for a temporary waiver of the requirements in subsection (a) of this section. The Secretary shall grant the requested waiver if he or she finds that it is unduly difficult for the school district to provide a school lunch, breakfast, or summer meals program, or any combination of the three, and if he or she finds that the school district and supervisory union have exercised due diligence to avoid the emergency situation that gives rise to the need for the requested waiver. In no event shall the waiver extend for a period to exceed 20 school days or, in the case of a summer meals program, the remainder of the summer vacation.
(c) The State shall be responsible for the student share of the cost of breakfasts provided to all students eligible for a reduced-price breakfast under the federal school breakfast program and for the student share of the cost of lunches provided to all students eligible for a reduced-price lunch under the federal school lunch program. (Added 1973, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; amended 2003, No. 22, § 1; 2007, No. 192 (Adj. Sess.), § 6.028; 2009, No. 87 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. April 28, 2010; 2011, No. 58, § 22, eff. May 31, 2011; 2013, No. 50, § E.501.2; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 132, 302, Feb. 14, 2014.)
§ 1265. Exemption; public discussion
(a) The school board of a public school district that wishes to be exempt from the provisions of section 1264 of this title may vote at a meeting warned and held for that purpose to exempt itself from the requirement to offer either the school lunch program or the school breakfast program, or both, for a period of one year.
(b) If a public school is exempt from offering a breakfast or lunch program, its school board shall conduct a discussion annually on whether to continue the exemption. The pending discussion shall be included on the agenda at a regular or special school board meeting publicly noticed in accordance with 1 V.S.A. § 312(c), and citizens shall be provided an opportunity to participate in the discussion. The school board shall send a copy of the notice to the Secretary and to the superintendent of the supervisory union at least ten days prior to the meeting. Following the discussion, the school board shall vote on whether to continue the exemption for one additional year.
(c) On or before the first day of November prior to the date on which an exemption voted under this section is due to expire, the Secretary shall notify the boards of the affected school district and supervisory union in writing that the exemption will expire.
(d) Following a meeting held pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, the school board shall send a copy of the agenda and minutes to the Secretary and the superintendent of the supervisory union.
(e) The Secretary may grant a supervisory union or a school district a waiver from duties required of it under this subchapter upon a demonstration that the duties would be performed more efficiently and effectively in another manner. (Added 1973, No. 252 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; amended 2003, No. 22, § 1; 2011, No. 58, § 22, eff. May 31, 2011; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 133, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)