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Special Dietary Needs
Confused about when food substitutions have to be made for a student? The federal regulations state that "schools shall make substitutions in foods . . . for students who are considered handicapped . . . and whose handicap restricts their diet. Schools may also make substitutions for non-handicapped students who are unable to consume the regular lunch (breakfast) because of medical or other special dietary needs."
In simple terms, this means that if a student has a documented disability that restricts their diet, the school foodservice department MUST make the substitutions as listed by a licensed physician on a medical statement form.
If, however, a request for food substitutions is made for a student without a documented disability, the school foodservice department MAY make the substitutions listed on the medical statement form signed by a recognized medical authority.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian making the request to submit a properly filled out and documented medical statement form.
Two Medical Statement Forms are available for use.