Special Meal Accommodations
School Nutrition Services may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. Such determinations are only made on a -case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or sensitivities, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons
USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.
In Cases of Food Allergy
Generally, children with food sensitivities or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability”, and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.
School food service may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or sensitivities, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.
Research indicates that up to 5% of those with peanut allergies may also be allergic to legumes.
2017 Procedural Handbook for Students with Allergies
I wanted to thank each of you for your hard work and commitment to the Allergy Committee as we collaboratively revised and provided recommendations for the 2017 Procedural Handbook for Students with Allergies. Your input has been very important in this process. During the past month, the handbook has been reviewed by Principals, LCPS Central Office Staff and other stakeholders for additional editing. Building on the committees input and recommendations, and additional input from LCPS staff, the Department of Pupil Services has adopted the attached version. We have already sent the Allergy Aware Flyers to schools and we will have ongoing training with principals to ensure a consistent message. In addition, our training practices will include many of the recommendations put forth by the committee, and allergy awareness training will be made available for LCPS staff. Finally, during our committee meetings, we established how important it is to create a culture that is Allergy Aware. This procedural handbook, training, and a consistent message will establish the foundation to reach that goal.
Please know that the Allergy Procedural Handbook is a fluid document and continues to be a work in progress. Student Health Services will have a full committee review of the handbook annually to ensure our procedures and practices remain current.
Again, thank you for your participation in this process.
Gluten Free Menus
We launched our gluten free menus during the 2015-2016 school year at the request of our parents and students. This menu was developed by one of the Registered Dietitians on our School Nutrition staff. We are actively working to increase the assortment of items served to our students at all grade levels. The gluten free menus have been developed for all grade levels in Loudoun County. If a student requires a gluten free meal, School Nutrition asks that parents and/or students do the following:
Vegetarianism is popular in Loudoun County. We offer a number of menu items that meet the needs of a vegetarian diet. Some of these items include hummus meals, a variety of salads, pasta dishes, Upstate Farm Yogurt that is gelatin-free, and new this year, we will be serving the pea protein-based meat alternative, Beyond Meat in all of our tacos.
If parents or students have a favorite vegetarian recipe that they would like to share, please email it to Stefanie.Dove@lcps.org and we will be happy to see if we can convert that recipe into a school nutrition recipe that will be enjoyed by many LCPS students!
All of our vegetarian items will be labeled on the serving lines so that students know what those items are. Please look for this sign.