Accommodating children special dietary needs school

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One federal act that affects the modifications required to accommodate disabilities in the School Nutrition Programs (SNP) is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA).This act requires an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is defined as a plan or program developed in accordance with IDEA to ensure that a child who has a disability receives specialized instruction and related services.and School Breakfast Program, make it clear that substitutions to the regular school meal must be made for a child who is unable to eat school meals because of her disability.

This MB provides guidance on accommodating children, with and without disabilities, who have special dietary needs.If your child has “life threatening” food allergies that are part of his disability you should read .Other Special Dietary Needs A child’s impairment also may be considered a disability even if medication or other mitigating measures reduce the impact of the impairment.It is available on the CDE MB CNP-10-2015 Web page at [Note: the preceding management bulletin is no longer available].For more information on the federal laws which dictate program guidance, refer to USDA SP 59-2016: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs on the USDA FNS School Meals Policy Web page at

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