Special Dietary Needs
It's our goal to provide students with the safest food and eating environment possible. Working together with parents, school nurses, and other student support staff, we can help create a plan to meet special dietary needs. Standard Food Allergy Substitutions (PDF)
Requesting Meal Modifications
USDA Child Nutrition Programs supports access to healthy meals for all children, including children with disabilities who have special dietary needs. Under the law, a disability is an impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, which can include allergies and digestive conditions, but does not include personal diet or religious preferences.
Before we can make modifications to meals, a Request for Special Dietary Accommodations must be completed and signed by a State-recognized medical authority and returned to Food and Nutrition Services for processing. It is highly recommended that Attachment A: Foods to be Omitted and Substituted is also completed to indicate specific dietary needs. Both of these forms are included in this Special Dietary Needs Packet (PDF). Food and Nutrition Services will then review the request and determine the extent to which the request can be accommodated. Often, further contact with parents/guardians and medical professionals is required to ensure appropriate modifications are made available. Until a determination has been made, and a plan has been developed and communicated with our kitchen staff, parents are responsible for providing appropriate food for their child. Parents/guardians will be notified as soon as the plan is ready to implement.
USDA approved soy milk is available daily at all school locations. No forms or documentation are required to receive soy milk.
In an effort to accommodate those students requiring meatless meal choices, Food & Nutrition Service offers a vegetarian entrée daily at all school locations.