Special Diets Needs

Guidelines for Dietary Modifications for Students

The Laredo ISD Child Nutrition Program has implemented standard procedures regarding students with special dietary needs that are consistent with USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 and Evidence-based Nutrition Guidelines of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The goal of the Child Nutrition Program is to provide meals that are nutritious and appealing and meet the nutrient needs of children of various age groups according to USDA guidelines.

Menu Modifications for Children with Disabilities

USDA regulations 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990. These children with a disability (ies) must be provided substitutions in foods/meals as needed and must be supported by a statement signed by a licensed physician or medical authority. A new form/statement is required yearly.

Menu Modifications for Children without Disabilities

Children without disabilities with special dietary needs may request modifications to the school meals with signed documentation by a licensed physician or medical authority. Under USDA guidelines, child nutrition programs are not required to make modifications for these children but will do so on a case by case basis ensuring that meals meet nutrition standards that are medically appropriate for the child. A new form/statement is required yearly.



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