Nutrition Services

Special Diets

Accommodating Special Dietary Needs

Students with special diets are welcome to eat school meals, but to ensure that the proper choices are available to your student a medical statement (found below) will need to be completed by your doctor's office. Please contact our Registered Dietitian at 436-1745 to talk about your child's unique needs. We look forward to serving you!

Please complete the form with detailed information about your child's special dietary needs. Turn in to the school health office or fax it to 402-436-1775.

Nutrition Services prepares well-balanced, kid-friendly meals which meet strict nutritional standards set by the USDA, the United States Department of Agriculture. Menus incorporate fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat and fat-free dairy products, and lean protein sources that are served at age-appropriate portion sizes.

Children with Disabilities

If a child has a disability which prevents or limits them from eating a regular school meal, Nutrition Services will place an alert on a child’s meal account and/or make menu modifications when a note prescribed by a medical doctor is provided.

A disability is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, 7 CFR 15b.3(i) as a “physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities […].” Food allergies which may result in severe, life-threatening, anaphylactic reactions would also meet the definition of a “disability”.

Non-Life Threatening Food Allergies & Intolerances
School menus are planned to reflect a wide variety of nutritious food choices providing opportunities for students to make selections with consideration to specific dietary restrictions. Nutrition Services is not required to make substitutions for students with non life-threatening dietary needs, such as food intolerances (e.g. soy or lactose intolerance). However, if a signed copy of the above Medical Statement For Students Requiring Special Meals form is provided indicating that a non-life threatening food allergy or food intolerance exists, we will do our best to accommodate your dietary request.

Milk Substitute

If you would prefer to not have your child receive fluid milk due to a lactose intolerance, milk sensitivity, religious belief, or personal preference, Nutrition Services requires that a parent note be placed on file with their school’s cafeteria manager and school nurse. Milk is not required as part of a school meal; a minimum of 3 other components such as a vegetable, grain, and protein, must be selected to constitute a full and complete meal, so omitting milk is an acceptable way to manage student's diets that should not include cows milk. Nutrition Services makes drinking water available to students, usually via water fountain. Additional beverage options at the secondary level are available for purchase and may include bottled water, flavored waters, and bottled juices.

Required Documentation

If a child has a disability relating to food, has a food allergy, food intolerance, or special dietary need, a request for assistance with planning and selecting special menus may be made. Each dietary request requires a signed copy of the attached Menu Modification Medical Statement form. For students without a disability, a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner must sign the form. A physician’s signature is required for students with a disability.

The Medical Statement For Students Requiring Special Meals form must be placed on file with the school nurse and cafeteria manager. For further information regarding documentation or requests, contact your School Cafeteria Manager, or the Nutrition Services District Office.

For additional assistance please contact the Special Diet Specialist at 402-436-1745.