Accommodating children special dietary needs
Web-based fact sheets provide concise information to assist child nutrition professionals in meeting children's special nutrition needs.
Each fact sheet contains basic information and a list of additional resources.
The district will accommodate the special dietary needs of students who have been identified as having a disability as noted above.
There is a very wide range of conditions considered disabling so that is to be determined by the licensed physician, PA or APN with RXN.
For the purpose of this MB, these entities will be collectively referred to as Agencies. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations under Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), sections 15.3(b) and 210.10(m), require substitutions or modifications in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for children whose disabilities restrict their diets.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Education of the Handicapped Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 state that persons with disabilities have the support of these laws that prohibit discrimination and require that children be provided with a free and appropriate public education. In 2015, the USDA permitted states to expand the list of recognized medical authorities to improve access to meal accommodations for children with special dietary needs and alleviate administrative burden for the CNPs.
It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Advisory to impacted countries can be found here.Planning to accommodate a child's special dietary needs should begin before that child is enrolled in the child care program.The program director or child care provider should ask parents about food needs and family eating patterns before enrolling their child in the child care program.Generally, this would include food anaphylaxis, metabolic diseases, renal conditions, heart conditions, and brain injury among others.A “Medical Statement for Children with Disabilities” (CDE form SD1) completed by the MD or DO, PA or APN with RXN is required before substitutions can be made.
Other common allergens include wheat products, peanuts, tree nuts, and eggs.