UINTAH SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY ACTION REVIEW

 

1st Reading           

10/28/08

New

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2nd Reading

10/28/08

Revised

 

Approved

10/28/08

Substitute

 

 

 

009.0400         DIETARY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH FOOD ALLERGIES AND OTHER SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS

 

1.  General Statement

1.1  It is the desire of Uintah School District to provide food services for students with special dietary needs which are safe, healthy and comply with state and federal regulations.

2.  To be able to provide the services necessary for students with special dietary needs, it is imperative that a cooperative effort exist between students, parents, physicians, and school district personnel, such as teachers, food service workers, and school nurses.

2.1  The form, “Eating and Feeding Evaluation: Children with Special Needs,” must be filled out and signed by the student’s physician.  The form must also be signed by the student’s parent or guardian, and then submitted to Uintah School District food service personnel.  The food service personnel will then provide a copy to the school nurse.

2.1.1  If the physician has indicated, on such form, that the student has a special dietary need, (such as a severe food allergy or diabetes),  which substantially limits one or more major life activities,  the student will be provided with substitutions or modifications to school meals as needed. 

2.1.1.1 Under the head cook’s direction, food service personnel will follow the physicians recommendations, provided in part B of the “Eating and Feeding Evaluation” form, when providing substitutions and modifications to school meals and snacks.

2.1.2  The school district will provide a photo of the child to be attached to the completed form.  The form will be posted on the kitchen wall where it is visible to food service workers.  

2.2  Photo I.D. badges will be supplied to elementary students, (grades k-5), who have severe food allergies or other special dietary needs which need to be recognized by food service workers.        

2.2.1  The badges must be given to students just prior to meal service each day.

2.2.2  The student will wear the badge while going through the cafeteria serving line. 

2.2.3  Immediately after receiving a meal, and before consuming such meal, the student must show their tray to a specified adult who will check the tray to reasonably verify that no restricted foods are on the student’s tray. The adult will collect the student’s I.D. badge from the student at that time.

 

*If a student’s parent does not sign an authorization for a badge to be issued to his child, that child will not be required to wear the badge.  The head cook will then write “NO BADGE” on the student’s “Eating and Feeding Evaluation” form, in large red writing, and will make sure that all other food service workers at that location are aware that this student will not be wearing a badge.  All other procedures in section 2 of this policy must be followed.

2.3  Under the head cooks direction, each parent will be contacted annually to discuss concerns regarding the diets of children who have special dietary needs.

2.4  It is recommended that a meeting including those individuals involved with the student, (such as parents, the school principal, head cook, school nurse, child’s teacher, and the child), be held at least one time each school year.

2.5  It is recommended that if there is a change regarding the special dietary needs of a student, the student’s parent/guardian should immediately notify the school’s head cook. The head cook will notify the district nurse. 

2.6  It is recommended that  parents notify their child’s teachers, coaches, bus drivers, and those in charge of after school activities of special dietary needs which their children have.

3.  Additional measures which will be taken to help ensure safe and healthy food at school for students with special dietary needs:

3.1  The school food service may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a special dietary need which substantially limits one or more major life activities, but who are medically certified as having a other special medical or dietary needs.

3.1.1  Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis.  This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.

3.1.2  The form, “Eating and Feeding Evaluation: Children with special needs,” must be completed and turned in to school food service personnel before any such determination may be made. 

3.2  An adult food service worker will be at the beginning and/or end of each elementary school food service line in order that they might monitor the food items served to students who have special dietary needs.

3.3  Due to the high probability of allergic reactions associated with the following foods, these items will not be served from any Uintah School District food service kitchen.

            Peanuts

            Tree Nuts

            Peanut Butter

            Shell Fish

3.4  Due to the high probability of allergic of allergic reactions associated with latex, school food service employees will not prepare or serve student meals while wearing latex gloves.

 

*Because we do not have control of foods which are brought into our facilities by students or outside entities and because these items are often ingredients in other foods which we serve, Uintah School District does NOT have peanut free facilities.

4.  The school food service is not required to provide meal services to children with disabilities when the meal service is not normally available to the general student body, unless a meal service is required under the child’s IEP, (Individualized Education Program). 

4.1  If  the IEP or 504 plan for a disabled child indicates that the child must be fed a meal at school, which is not normally available to the general student body, the school is required to provide this meal to the child and may choose to have the school food service handle the responsibility. 

4.1.1  If the school food service does provide such meals for a child,  the additional costs may be absorbed by the school food authority or may be covered by a number of various sources such as the special needs fund, general fund, IDEA, special education or related services, Medicaid, EPSDT (early & periodic screening diagnosis & treatment), SSI, Medicare, MCH (maternal & child health service block grants), or other community sources such as PTA, voluntary health associations, & various local civic organizations. The source of funding to be determined on a case-by-case basis.