Special Dietary Needs
South Washington County Schools Nutrition Services adhere to specific regulations to accommodate special diets for students. USDA regulations, 7CFR, Part 15b, require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided food substitutions when a special diet statement is signed by a recognized medical authority which includes a licensed physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse.
Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined by the USDA, therefore Nutrition Services may, but is not required to make food substitutions for them. However, when the physician deems the allergy to the food as a life threatening reaction, the participant is considered to have a disability and food substitutions must be provided to the child.
- Provides allergen and nutrition information on Nutrislice.
- Offers nut containing foods at secondary schools and the products are labeled “contains peanuts” or “may contain peanuts.”
- Provides all managers with Allergen Training to better understand the importance of cleaning, sanitizing and preventing cross contact in preparation and service areas. Food service staff are trained in proper food handling techniques as well.
- Recognizes the importance of communication with teachers, parents, health aides, paraprofessionals and school administrators to better manage the special dietary needs of students.
Please contact Bobbie Jo Grummons RD, LD, SNS at 651-425-6250 for questions regarding special diet needs.