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)

    How do I get special dietary accommodations for my child?

    USDA Child Nutrition Programs support access to healthy meals to all children, including children with disabilities who have special dietary needs. Disability is defined as an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. This can include allergies and digestive conditions. However, it does not include religious or personal diet preferences.

    Please complete a Request for Special Dietary Accommodations form, and return this to your school.

    The request must include: 

    • Food(s) to be omitted/avoided from the child’s diet. 
    • How the ingestion of food impacts the child. 
    • Food(s) to be substituted. 
    • A signature of a State-recognized medical authority (a licensed health care professional authorized to write medical prescriptions in Washington) for example: 
      • Medical Doctor (MD)
      • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) 
      • Physician’s Assistant (PA) with prescriptive authority 
      • Naturopathic Physician 
      • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)

    Continuing to work with your School 

    Continued communication is necessary for the most up-to-date care. Times to communicate with your school may include: 

    • New special dietary needs.
    • Updated restrictions (for example: your child was not able to eat tomatoes, but now they can).
    • Questions or concerns about your child’s care.

    Lactose Intolerance

    USDA approved soy milk is available daily at all school locations. No forms or documentation are required to receive soy milk.

    Vegetarian/Meatless

    In an effort to accommodate those students requiring meatless meal choices, Food & Nutrition Service offers a vegetarian entrée daily at all school locations.