Accommodations for Students with Special Dietary Needs
Federal law and the regulations for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program require schools to make accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meal as prepared because of a disability.
Substitutions to reimbursable meals shall be made for students considered to have a disability or food allergy whereby the diet is restricted. Substitutions shall be made only when supported by a statement from a licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner which includes recommended alternatives.
Information from manufacturers regarding ingredients and recipes prepared in school cafeterias may be directed to the director of Office of Food and Nutrition Services at 443-809-7855.
Parents may request a fluid milk substitute for students with a medical or special dietary need, vegan diet, religious, cultural, or ethical reasons. Lactose-free milk and soy milk are available upon request. The form is available for parent use to fill out and return to the school nurse.
Water or juice cannot be offered as a fluid milk substitute for students with medical or special dietary needs.