If your child has “life threatening” food allergies that are part of his disability you should read .Other Special Dietary Needs A child’s impairment also may be considered a disability even if medication or other mitigating measures reduce the impact of the impairment.

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Nutrition Services under an IEP IDEA requirements may impact the service of meals.

Any nutrition-related services included in a child’s IEP deemed necessary for the child to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) must be provided at public expense and at no cost to the child’s family. Schools are reminded that they may have additional obligations to children with disabilities under the IDEA, beyond the scope of FNS guidance.

If a disability is episodic (or temporary), the child must be provided a reasonable modification.

2017 USDA Guidance and Questions and Answers (Q & As): Accommodating Disabilities in the School Meal Programs.

Food allergies are on the rise in children, and an estimated 13 percent of school aged children in the United States have one or more.

And while there’s information out there, many school nutrition professionals continue to have questions.

A physician prescription form is required for any menu modifications; please have a doctor complete the Physician Letter for Students with a Disability and return it to your school nurse.

If your student has diabetes and needs carbohydrate information, please complete the Carbohydrate Menu Request Form and return it to your school nurse.

and School Breakfast Program, make it clear that substitutions to the regular school meal must be made for a child who is unable to eat school meals because of her disability.