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FAQs about Food Allergies,
Intolerances and Preferences

 

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What do I do if my child has a severe food allergy?

Parents of a child with a severe food allergy or special diet needs should contact the school nurse. Once the Student Allergy Information form has been completed and discussed with the school nurse, parents may be asked to have their child’s licensed physician complete a Special Diet Statement and submit it to the school nurse. 

The school nurse will share the Special Diet Statement with the school Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) manager and the district FNS supervisor. The school FNS manager and the parent will meet to complete the Special Nutrition Needs form and agree on a communication plan.

 

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What do I do if my child has celiac disease?

Parents of a child with celiac disease should contact the school nurse. Parents will be asked to have their child’s licensed physician complete a Special Diet Statement and submit it to the school nurse. 

The school nurse will share the Special Diet Statement with the school Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) manager and the district FNS supervisor. The school FNS manager and the parent will meet to complete the Special Nutrition Needs form and agree on a communication plan.

 

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How are peanut allergies handled?

School menus identify peanut-containing foods per manufacturer labels.  After a Special Diet Statement is completed and submitted to nursing, FNS is notified of the allergy and the parent(s) are asked to meet with the FNS manager to complete a Special Nutrition Needs form.  At that time, the FNS manager will share an ingredient listing of foods and menus.  Parents can determine if a food is "safe" for their child to eat. The FNS manager notes the allergy on the student’s school meal PIN and account, which is linked to the point of sale. 

 

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My child is lactose intolerant, how do I notify the school?

Parents can request lactose-reduced milk via a written request for their dairy-intolerant child.  Juice cannot be substituted for milk as juice is not nutritionally equivalent to cow’s milk.

 

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What do the icons on the menu mean?
The elementary menu uses the following icons: (*) pork, (#) peanuts, and (~) number of grams of carbohydrates calculated in each food item.

The secondary menu uses the following icons: (V) vegetarian, (a small picture of a peanut with a line through it) peanut-free, and (*) pork. The carbohydrate counts for the secondary menu are available on the district website in the “Menu” section. This is particularly important for diabetic students so they can calculate their insulin dosage for that meal.

 

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How are other food preferences handled?

FNS understands that many families have food preferences for their children.

  • Foods that contain pork per the manufacturer’s label are identified on the menu with an asterisk (*)
  • Yogurt does not contain any gelatin pork by-product
  • corn dogs are made with chicken or turkey
  • hot dogs are beef
  • baked beans are vegetarian and do not contain any meat by-products

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Are there vegetarian options?
Several vegetarian options are available for students.  Watch our menus for meatless entrees such as tacos served with black beans and cheese instead of taco meat; cheese pizza instead of pepperoni; nachos; French toast sticks; fish; cheese omelets, etc.

Elementary menu:  In addition to the menu items listed above, students have access to a meatless sandwich every day. On designated days:

  • a protein salad without meat or a fruit and yogurt plate will be available
  • pasta with meatless spaghetti sauce

Middle and high school menus: On designated days, in addition to the menu items listed above, students have access to a vegetable and cheese bagel, a vegetable and cheese sandwich, meatless entrée salads, yogurt parfaits, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

 





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