Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
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.
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:
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:
Vegetarian and Vegan Diets
We offer a number of menu items that meet the needs of a vegetarian and vegan diet. All menu items that meet these dietary preferences are highlighted by the symbols shown below.
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