Federal legislation and regulations are in place to ensure that children with disabilities have the same opportunities as other children. This includes education and education-related benefits, such as school meals. The USDA requires that a written medical statement be completed to ensure that a child’s modified meal is reimbursable, and that any meal modifications meet nutrition standards that are medically appropriate.
Meal substitutions or modifications for children with disabilities must be based on a medical statement request form signed by a state licensed healthcare professional: licensed physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. The medical statement form must also clearly identify which meal programs should be included for a special diet menu, and will require administrative confirmation of participation in afterschool programs. Once completed, contact the KHSD Case Carrier (IEP) or the 504 Coordinator for instructions on getting the form submitted. Once all information has been received and verified, the information packet and Medical Statement Request for Special Meal Accommodations form will be provided to the Food Service Director for appropriate meal planning as requested. The process will take about two (2) weeks to implement the special meal plan. During this time, the parent/guardian is responsible for sending special meals to school with the student.