Accommodating children special dietary needs school
The United Stated Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) nondiscrimination regulation (7 CFR 15d) applies to any site participating in a federally-funded meal program, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
If a requested substitution meets the meal pattern requirements under any child nutrition program, the substitution can be made, but is not required.
Contact Special Education Division at 217/782-5589.
Students who require modified school lunch menus due to a disability, as defined by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or life-threatening food allergies, are eligible for special accommodations.
Substitutions must be made to the regular meal, including milk for any child with disabilities (i.e.
a life-threatening reaction when exposed to the food and/or beverage) when the following two requirements are met: For children with disabilities only requiring modifications in food texture (such as chopped, ground, or pureed), a licensed physician’s written instructions indicating the appropriate texture is recommended, but not required Substitutions may be made to the reimbursable meal for any child who has a food intolerance or allergies that do not rise to the level of a disability when the following two requirements are met: Schools can receive reimbursement for meals without milk if they operate Offer versus Serve (OVS), under which milk or other meal component(s) could be declined by a student.
Contact Nutrition Programs Division at 800/545-7892 or [email protected]
Questions regarding accommodations within the school beyond the meal programs?
USDA regulations require licensed medical physician statement that includes: -the child’s disability – an explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet -the major life activity that is affected by the disability -the food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet, and the foodor choice of foods that must be substituted.The attached form addresses the issues above and must be completed by a licensed medical physician.Completed forms should be submitted to the central Nutrition Services office at 801 South 16th Street.For allergies that are not life-threatening, but are of concern and noted on a student’s school enrollment form, a note will be placed on the student’s computerized lunch account.If a school does not however operate OVS, a non-disabled child with a medical or special dietary need must take the regular fluid milk or an acceptable milk substitute provided by the school in order for school to claim meal for reimbursement.
Questions regarding school meal or milk accommodations?