Nutrition Services | Special Dietary Needs
Federal law and the regulations for the National School Lunch Program, and the School Breakfast Program require schools to make accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meal as prepared because of a disability.
In order to make substitutions for items in reimbursable meals, the school must have on file a written statement (Diet Prescription for Meals at School Form) signed by a licensed medical physician indicating what the child’s disability is, what foods must be omitted from the child’s diet, and what foods must be substituted. In general, the diet Prescription should be filled out as part of and included with the child’s Individual Education Plan, Individual Health Care Plan, or 504 plan.
Schools may, at their option, make substitutions for persons who have special needs that do not meet the definition of disability under federal law. In these instances, the school must have a (Diet Prescription for Meals at School Form) signed by a recognized medical authority (physician, physician assistant, registered dietitian, registered nurse) indicating what foods should be substituted.
Please use the Diet Prescription for Meals at School Form and contact the school kitchen manager if you need to make meal substitutions for your child.
If your student is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, or other foods, complete a Diet Prescription for Meals at School Form and contact the school lunch manager. The district’s Registered Dietitian will then follow up with you on accommodations that can be made on your child’s behalf.
In severe or life-threatening food allergy cases, District nurses, school psychologists, teachers, administrators, and the District’s registered dietitian will work in conjunction with parents and the student’s doctor to determine the child’s eligibility under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to provide a safe and healthy learning environment. The 504 Plan will contain an Individual Health Care Plan to address potential medical and other health care issues related to the allergy.
Due to the frequency of peanut and tree nut allergies, Jordan District Nutrition Services is committed to providing elementary school menus free from peanuts or tree nuts. However, some nut-free menu items may still be processed in facilities that also process peanut or tree nut products. Although these facilities generally provide documentation of rotation and sanitation practices preventing cross contamination the menu item produced at these facilities cannot be guaranteed to be nut free. A list of menu items processed in these facilities can be found below. In addition, because Nutrition Services has no control over what students may bring into the school cafeteria from home, any allergy severe enough to require additional measures will need to be addressed through the District’s 504 Plan process.
- Fat Boy Jr. Ice Cream Sandwiches are peanut & tree nut free. However the facility that they are processed in, processes other items that may contain peanuts and tree nuts.
- Whole grain rich glazed cake donut. This item is peanut and tree nut free, however the facility processes other items with peanuts. Documentation of a cleaning schedule has been provided.
- Cocoa Cherry Bar. This item is peanut and tree nut free, however it is processed on equipment that also processes tree nuts. It is a peanut free facility.
- Dirt cup’s gummy worms are peanut & tree nut free. However the facility that they are processed in, processes other items that may contain peanuts and tree nuts.