Accommodating children special dietary needs school nutrition programs

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A written medical statement or Medical Statement form must be signed by a recognized medical authority.

It is important that Agencies reiterate to the child’s family that the written medical statement needs to contain the most current diet order from the child’s recognized medical authority.

The Agency may, but is not required to, make food accommodations for these children.

When food allergies result in a severe, life-threatening reaction, a child’s condition would rise to the level of a disability.

This will safeguard program integrity while allowing appropriate flexibility for those families that do not have access to a licensed physician.

This MB provides clarification to child nutrition program (CNP) sponsors on the process, requirements, options, and resources for accommodating children, with and without disabilities, who have special dietary needs.

Department of Agriculture Policy Memoranda SP 36-2013, CACFP 10-2013, SFSP 12-2013: Guidance Related to the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and SP 32-2015, SFSP 15-2015, CACFP 13-2015: Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs Subject: Guidelines for Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in Child Nutrition Programs This Management Bulletin (MB) supersedes California Department of Education (CDE) MB CNP-07-2014: Guidelines for Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in Child Nutrition Programs, issued in June 2014.

This MB contains updated information regarding the definition of a recognized medical professional.

The CDE recommends that sponsors read this MB in its entirety.

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