Allergies and Food Substitutions
Students with Special Nutritional Needs
Students requiring fluid milk substitution do not require a dietary prescription form. Freeman Nutrition Services will offer Ultra Soy milk for any student. However, a dietary prescription is required for students WITH a disability defined by USDA as follows:
o Request for Special Dietary Accommodations: This form must be signed by a State-Recognized Medical Authority (including MD, DO, PA, ARNP etc.) for students with life threatening allergies or other disabilities.
Substitutions for students who provide a dietary prescription form signed by licensed physician, may be accomplished through:
Example: Celiac or gluten intolerance. Licensed physician must indicate on form above the specific food/beverage substitutions required.
If your child has food allergies, please fill out the above Allergy form to be submitted to the school nurse and Nutrition Services. We will need to have a signed form from their doctor stating the allergy and suggested food substitutions. You can print these forms from here or they are available from the nurse or Nutrition Services. The form will be on file in our department.
No “hidden” peanut or nuts are in home baked products or other menu items. Individual servings of peanut butter are served on occasion at breakfast. Labels will be read to identify pre-packaged “nut” products but ingredients of these products may and do change without our knowledge. Students should be encouraged to read labels also.
A “NUT FREE” table is available for students with nut/ peanut allergies to eat at UPON REQUEST in the multi-purpose room.
MEAL SUBSTITUTIONS FOR MEDICAL OR SPECIAL DIETARY REASONS
USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.
In Cases of Food Allergy
Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability”, and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.
School food service may make food substitutions, at their discretion, 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.
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 recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:
If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.