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Allergies & Special Diet Requests

Menu Modifications for Students WITH Disabilities* and/or Life-Threatening Allergies

Students with disabilities and/or life-threatening allergies who require changes to the basic meal are required to provide documentation with accompanying instructions from a licensed physician. This is to ensure that the modified meal meets USDA requirements and to ensure that the modifications meet nutrition standards that are medically appropriate for the student.
 
The physician's statement MUST identify: 
Student's Disability (and/or life-threatening allergy)
An explanation of why the disability restricts the student's diet
Major life activity affected by the disability
The food(s) to be omitted from the student's diet, and the appropriate food substitutions. 

Menu Modifications for Students WITHOUT Disabilities or Life-Threatening Allergies

Students without disabilities or life-threatening allergies, but with special dietary needs requiring food substitutions or modifications, may request the school foodservice meet their special nutrition needs. The school food authority will decide these substitutions on a case-by-case basis. Documentation with accompanying information must be provided by a recognized medical authority. 
*Students with disabilities as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the American Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), the Education of the Handicapped Act (IDEA) and students with a physician's assessment of food allergies that may result in a severe, life-threatening reaction will be accommodated regarding special diets as specified by a licensed physician. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race,

color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)  fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)  email: intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.