|CSSD11 Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) procedure for Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs|
Facts from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network:
- Eight foods account for 90 percent of all reactions in the U.S.: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, wheat, soy, peanut, and tree nuts (walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans, etc.)
- Food allergies result in 30,000 emergency room visits annually and 150 to 300 deaths
There is no cure for a food allergy; only strict food avoidance can prevent a reaction
Our System for Managing Special Diets in D11:
Process for Documenting Special Dietary Needs SY 2023-24
CSSD11 FNS will make meal modifications prescribed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse with prescriptive authority, or physician’s assistant to accommodate a disability. Properly completed and signed paperwork is required.
A disability is considered a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activity.
It is strongly recommended that a recognized medical authority annually update the prescribed diet order.
Our downloadable forms:
CSSD11 FNS will not make school meal modifications for requests that do not rise to the level of a disability including;
- Food sensitivity that can be accommodated through menu choices
Note: Milk is not a required meal component and can be declined by any student
- Dietary preferences for religious, ethical, or cultural reasons, or general health concerns
To discontinue a diet order on file in our office, CSSD11 Food & Nutrition Services must receive this form:
Discontinuation of School Meal Modifications
Note: CSSD11 Food & Nutrition Services Staff are not allowed to start, change, or stop school meal modifications before Administrative Dietitian processes documentation and provides instructions to staff.
We are a food service provider. We cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of ingredient or nutritional information we provide nor liable for any adverse reactions caused by the products we sell or serve.
We thoroughly research each product with its manufacturer to determine which products to serve students with dietary restrictions. However, manufacturers may change ingredients or production practices without our knowledge.
Please contact our office at (719) 520-2924 if you have any questions or concerns about your student and special dietary needs or food allergies.