SPECIAL MEAL ACCOMMODATIONS
Federal regulations are in place to ensure that children with disabilities have the same opportunities as other children. The Flagler County School District’s Department of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) strives to accommodate the dietary needs of all students whenever possible. FNS is required to obtain a Medical Request for Food Substitution form for any student requiring a menu accommodation due to a disability that affects the student’s diet. A new form is required for each school year. Download the form here.
Food and Nutrition Services will accommodate modified diets for students according to the following guidelines:
Category A - Students with a Disability: FNS will provide modified diets to students with a disability or medical condition that limits a major life activity such as breathing or learning; for example, severe food allergy that results in life-threatening anaphylaxis. A current Medical Request for Food Substitution must be completed and signed by a licensed physician. This medical statement must be completed in its entirety and returned to the Food and Nutrition Services office.
Category B - Students without a Disability: FNS will make every reasonable attempt to accommodate students without disabilities who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need on a case-by-case basis. Examples include food intolerances or allergies that do not cause life-threatening reactions. To make modifications or substitutions to the school menu, schools must have a written Medical Request for Food Substitution completed and signed by a recognized medical authority (licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner).
Category C - Personal Preferences: Regrettably, FNS is unable to accommodate special diets based on personal preferences or religious convictions. We address this by offering a variety of menu options every day in the form of choices. By offering choices (protein, grain, fruit, vegetable, and milk), each child can customize a meal that suits his or her appetite and food preference.
STEPS FOR PARENTS TO FOLLOW
1. Determine which Category your child falls in.
2. If applicable, submit a Medical Request for Food Substitution to your child’s pediatrician.
3. Once the form is complete, make an appointment with the FNS dietitian to create a customized meal plan for
Phone# 386-437-7526 ext. 1306