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Special Dietary Accommodations

Federal law and USDA regulation requires nutrition programs to make reasonable modifications to accommodate children with disabilities. Under the law, a disability is an impairment which substantially limits a major life activity or bodily function, which can include allergies and digestive conditions, but does not include personal diet preferences.

We will begin providing reasonable accommodation upon parent notification, however, in order to facilitate your student's special dietary need long-term, the school must receive a completed "Request for Special Dietary Accommodations" form within 30 days. Kitchen staff will be notified and introduced to your student. Their name will be added to an allergy/intolerance list that is given to the cooks. Areas 1, 2, 3, and signature on the form must be completed by a recognized medical authority. Once you return the completed Special Dietary Request form to the school and it is given to the school nurse, your student will be accommodated continuously according to the form. The Special Dietary Request form will need to be completed at least two more times as your student transitions through school. Once in Elementary, once in Middle School, and once in High School and/ or with any changes. This is because often food allergies/intolerances change.

If the Special Dietary Request form is not returned with 30 days, the school will not continue to accommodate the special dietary need. Your student will still have the option of offer verses serve. They may take other food choices that are served but will not be offered an alternative. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter. Feel free to contact our school nurse at 685-6800 ext. 4015 with any questions or concerns.