Accommodating children special dietary needs school nutrition programs
Poway Unified School District is required to make reasonable accommodations for any student with a disability that restricts his/her diet, when supported by a Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations from a state licensed healthcare professional.
The school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them.
However, when in the licensed physician's assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child's condition would meet the definition of "disability," and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.
The child nutrition program is encouraged, but not required, to provide food substitutions or modifications for children without disabilities who have medically certified special dietary needs and are unable to eat regular meals as prepared.
Please note: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act has broadened the definition of disability, to cover most physical and mental impairments.
A student need not have a life-threatening allergy to be considered a disability.