Lactose Intolerance/ Milk Substitutions

  • We must provide lactose-free milk to students who are lactose intolerant who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Afterschool Care Program (ASCP), Special Milk Program and Minnesota Kindergarten Milk Program. Request for soy, water, juice (fruit or vegetable) will not be provided because they do not meet the nutritional guidelines established by the USDA. Students may purchase these items for an additional ala carte price. If you are interested in lactose-free milk, please fill out the Lactose-free Milk Request Form.  Please complete and return the form to your school nurse.

Food Allergies & Special Diets

  • Life-threatening Food Allergies and/or Intolerances

    If your child has life-threatening food allergies and/or intolerances, please make sure you take the following steps:

    1. Read through the following food allergy and special diet information to determine if your child may need special accommodations.
    2. If your child has a life-threatening food allergy and is planning on eating school meals, please have a licensed physician fill out and sign the Special Diet Statement.
    3. Notify the Food Service Department of the food allergy prior to eating school meals.
    4. Meet with the Food Service Administrative Assistant and Kitchen Manager prior to eating school meals.
    5. Notify your school nurse of the food allergy prior to eating school meals.


    Food Sensitivities

    If your child has a non-life threatening food sensitivity, please refer to the Offer vs. Serve information included with new enrollment information. In most cases, your child will be able to eat the offered meal while omitting the item(s) they are sensitive to and still create a reimbursable meal. The Kitchen staff does not monitor food sensitivities. We encourage you to review the menu with your child so they are aware of the food(s) they need to avoid.

    Special Meal Accommodations

    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 Special Diet Statement from a licensed physician.

Important Forms for Special Diets

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