Food Allergies & Special Meal Accommodations

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.

Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons - English
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons - Spanish
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons - Vietnamese

Medical Request for Special Meals (Medical Statement Form) - English
Medical Request for Special Meals (Medical Statement Form) - Spanish
Medical Request for Special Meals (Medical Statement Form) - Vietnamese

Child Nutrition Services is "Nut Aware" and strives to avoid purchasing any products containing nuts or tree nuts. However please note that menu items and ingredients are always subject to change without notice due to supply chain issues, refrigeration and equipment failure, etc. Although rare, some purchased products may be produced in a facility that processes nuts or tree nuts. This will be noted on the Allergy Information listings when known. Please consult a medical professional for assistance in planning for or treating a medical condition. For your safety, always refer to the ingredient label on the package for the most current information or contact the CNS office if you need further assistance. Thank you.


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