Special Diet

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:

USDA Definitions of Disabilities

  • If a student has special nutritional needs, the following form must be submitted by the household, to the district:

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:

  • Offer vs Serve - This gives the student options of avoiding certain foods
  • Specific food substitutions per licensed physician
  • Substitutions will be made only per licensed physician diet order.

Example: Celiac or gluten intolerance.  Licensed physician must indicate on form above the specific food/beverage substitutions required.

  • Ultra Soy milk that meets the nutritional requirements will be offered as a substitute for milk for any student. No milk substitution form required for this.
  • Carbohydrate counts are provided for Diabetic students. The Nutrition Services Director provides this information to the school nurse for Diabetic students. Menu nutritional analysis using Nutrikids computer software program provides this information.

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.    

Nut Allergies

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.

Allergy Glossary

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:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet;
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted.

 

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.

MEDICAL STATEMENT TO REQUEST SPECIAL MEALS AND/OR ACCOMMODATIONS