Food Allergy

The District requests notification when a student has been diagnosed with a food allergy, specifically, those allergies that could result in dangerous or life-threatening reactions. It is important to contact the school nurse and to disclose the food to which the student is allergic, as well as the nature of the reaction. Additionally, upon enrollment, an allergy form is provided and should be completed and returned with the registration paperwork if the student has a food allergy. However, if the student has been diagnosed with a food allergy that could result in a dangerous or life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability.” Promptly contact the school nurse who will provide a Physician’s Statement form (form is also available on Nutrition Department’s Website ). This form must be completed by a physician or professional licensed to write prescriptions. The parent will provide a completed Physician’s Statement to the school’s nurse who will contact the Nutrition Department. Appropriate food substitutions will be planned by the District’s Registered Dietitian and made available for the student. The diet cannot be changed unless the change is ordered by a new Physician’s Statement.

Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). In most cases, the child’s dietary needs can be met in the school’s cafeteria where a variety of nutritious foods are available for individual choice.

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