Special Dietary Needs

Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs

Schools participating in a federal Child Nutrition Program are required to make accommodations for students who are unable to eat the school meals because of a disability that restricts their diet.  Some food allergies which may result in a severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction may meet the definition of “disability.” 

Schools may also, at their discretion, make substitutions for students who have special dietary needs but do not meet the definition of a disability.  For example, Lactaid is offered in place of fluid milk for students who are lactose intolerant.  Additional substitutions are made on a case-by-case basis for students who have other special dietary needs.

Click on the link below for information regarding students with disabling and non-disabling special dietary needs and a “Medical Plan of Care for School Food Service” form.  The Food Service Department must have this form on file in order to make any food modifications or substitutions.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call the food service director at 785-2412 or the school nurse, at 785-2415.


Medical Plan of Care for School Food Service - Information and Form

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