Special DietSpecial Meal Accommodations

 

MEAL SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MEDICAL OR SPECIAL DIETARY REASONS

USDA requires schools to provide reasonable modifications for students who have a medical need/disability/impairment. Reasonable modifications will be provided when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed healthcare professional.

Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

School food service may make food substitutions for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need.  Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis.  This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.

For a milk allergy or intolerance, food service will substitute soy milk in place of dairy milk unless otherwise directed on the medical statement.

Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs

Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a licensed medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:

  • Information explaining the child's physical or mental impairment and how it restricts their diet
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted.

Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.

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MEDICAL STATEMENT TO REQUEST SPECIAL MEALS AND/OR ACCOMMODATIONS