Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.
All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of fresh and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
In accordance with USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b, substitutions and modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets can be requested. Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. For more information, click here.
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.
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.
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