7 CFR 245.7 - Hearing procedure for families and local educational agencies.
(a) Each local educational agency of a school participating in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Special Milk Program or of a commodity only school shall establish a hearing procedure under which:
(2) The local educational agency can challenge the continued eligibility of any child for a free or reduced price meal or for free milk. The hearing procedure shall provide for both the family and the local educational agency:
(i) A simple, publicly announced method to make an oral or written request for a hearing;
(ii) An opportunity to be assisted or represented by an attorney or other person;
(iii) An opportunity to examine, prior to and during the hearing, any documents and records presented to support the decision under appeal;
(iv) That the hearing shall be held with reasonable promptness and convenience, and that adequate notice shall be given as to the time and place of the hearing;
(v) An opportunity to present oral or documentary evidence and arguments supporting a position without undue interference;
(vi) An opportunity to question or refute any testimony or other evidence and to confront and cross-examine any adverse witnesses;
(vii) That the hearing shall be conducted and the decision made by a hearing official who did not participate in making the decision under appeal or in any previously held conference;
(viii) That the decision of the hearing official shall be based on the oral and documentary evidence presented at the hearing and made a part of the hearing record;
(ix) That the parties concerned and any designated representative shall be notified in writing of the decision of the hearing official;
(x) That a written record shall be prepared with respect to each hearing, which shall include the challenge or the decision under appeal, any documentary evidence and a summary of any oral testimony presented at the hearing, the decision of the hearing official, including the reasons therefor, and a copy of the notification to the parties concerned of the decision of the hearing official; and
(xi) That the written record of each hearing shall be preserved for a period of 3 years and shall be available for examination by the parties concerned or their representatives at any reasonable time and place during that period.
(b) Continuation of benefits. When a household disagrees with an adverse action which affects its benefits and requests a fair hearing, benefits shall be continued as follows while the household awaits the hearing and decision:
(1) Households that have been approved for benefits and that are subject to a reduction or termination of benefits later in the same school year shall receive continued benefits if they appeal the adverse action within the 10 day advance notice period; and
(2) Households that are denied benefits upon application shall not receive benefits.