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Special Dietary Needs Allergies & Diabetic Carb Counts

   food allergens 
Davidson County Schools Nutrition Program takes your child's health seriously. We promise to provide accommodations for students with food allergies. We understand communication and accommodation is a key factor in ensuring students are able to feel comfortable with food choices while living with allergies. If at any point you have questions or any concern about your child's needs please do not hesitate to contact the School Nutrition Department at 336-242-5635.                                            
SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDSMedical Statement Form
 

The Medical Statement for Students with Unique Mealtime Needs for School Meals helps schools provide meal modifications for students who require them.  Schools cannot change food textures, make food substitutions, or alter a student’s diet at school without proper documentation from the healthcare providers.   Completion of all items will allow your child’s school to create a plan with you for providing safe, appropriate meals and snacks to your child while at school.   Your participation in this process is very important.  The sooner you provide this signed and completed form to your child’s school, the sooner the School Nutrition Program and their staff can prepare the food your child needs.  Your signature is required for your school to take action on the Medical Statement.

 Follow these steps to get started: 

1)    Complete all sections of PART A of the Medical Statement available for download

2)    Take the Medical Statement to your child’s pediatrician or family doctor/nurse practitioner/physician’s assistant and have him/her complete PART B.

3)    Return the fully completed Medical Statement with signatures from both parent/guardian and medical authority, to your child’s teacher, principal, nurse, Special Education case manager, or Section 504 case manager, School Nutrition Administrator, or the school staff person who gave you the blank form.

4)    Ask the school when a team, including you, the school system’s School Nutrition Administrator and others, will meet to consider the information provided on the form.  You may also invite people from the community who are knowledgeable about your child’s feeding and nutrition issues to the meeting.  These would be people who could help school staff design a school mealtime plan for your child, like your child’s pediatrician, nurse, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, registered dietitian or personal care aide.

 ALLERGEN INFORMATION
 
Please be aware that School Nutrition Services prepares our food in commercial kitchens, where cross-contact with food allergens is possible and where ingredient substitutions and recipe revisions are sometimes made. Additionally, manufacturers of commercial food products we order may change their product formulation or ingredient consistency at any time without notification. Actual ingredients and nutritional content may vary and we are not able to guarantee that any food item will be completely free of food allergens. If you have questions or any concerns regarding ingredients of a specific food or recipe, please reach out to the School Nutrition Office, at 336-242-5635.
 
ALLERGEN AWARENESS PLAN
 
School Nutrition Services is Allergen Aware and takes all necessary precautions to care for all Davidson County Schools' students.

Please contact School Nutrition Services at (336) 242-5635 for a holistic approach to your child's allergies. Download the Allergen Awareness Plan listed below for more information.
 
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