Accommodating children special dietary needs school nutrition programs

Children who choose not to eat will be offered food again at the next scheduled meal or snack.Meal and snack times are planned so that no child will go more than three hours without being offered food. If your child is absent during a scheduled meal or snack please plan to feed him/her before he/she arrives.Further, it provides recommendations on following medication protocols; establishing a coordinated system to prevent and respond to food allergy-related emergencies across the school environment; communicating with and educating parents, students, and school personnel; and monitoring and evaluating policies and practices.

The IEP should include all nutrition modifications to be made by the school cafeteria.The statement from the licensed physician must provide the following information: 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 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).The child nutrition program is encouraged, but not required, to provide food substitutions or modifications for children without disabilities who have medically certified special dietary needs and are unable to eat regular meals as prepared.In many cases, these special nutrition needs can be accommodated through offer verses serve or by providing additional meal choices.To help keep your child safe, please provide the following information and materials, and update them as necessary: Accommodations for food allergies will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If the allergy is not severe or life-threatening, reasonable substitutions will be made to the menu.

Due to my desire to promote your child's health and provide good child care nutrition, I have been a member of the Federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) since 1996, and go above and beyond CACFP child care nutrition guidelines for meals and snacks.

A wide variety of nutritionally balanced, high quality foods are prepared and served on the premises each day.

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.

The policy shall be developed in consultation with parents, school nurses and other school employees, school volunteers, students, and community members.