Children with Allergies/Special Dietary Needs
Texas Department of Agriculture
- Child Nutrition Guidelines
In Cases of Food Allergies:
"Generally, children with food allergies or intolerance do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA. Child Nutrition 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."
In Cases of Children with Other Special Dietary Needs:
Child Nutrition 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. Proper documentation will be required before any substitutions are made. In the case of lactose intolerance, the substitution will be lactose-free milk.
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs:
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement that explains the food substitution that is requested. It must be signed by a recognized medical authority. In these cases, recognized medical authorities may include physicians, physician assistants or advanced practice nurses.
The medical statement must include:
* An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition that restricts the child's diet
* The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet; and the food or choice of foods to be substituted
In Cases of Children with Disabilities: (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA)
A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a statement signed by a licensed physician.
Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities:
The physician's statement must identify:
* The child's disability
* An explanation of why the disability restricts the child's diet
* The major life activity affected by the disability
* The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet and the food or choice of foods the must be substituted
All allergy information and official medical statements will be kept on file in the school cafeteria and the Child Nutrition Office.
Please contact your child's school nurse for more information.
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