SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
As part of our mission to provide tasty and nutritious meals to students, we provide meal accommodations for children whose disability, intolerance or allergy prevent them from consuming the regular served meals.
Parents of students with a special dietary need that requires modification of the school menu may make a request to the school district.
How does it work?
Federal regulations require the school to receive written instructions from an appropriate medical authority before the school can modify your student’s meals. A recognized medical authority must complete one of the following forms to document your student’s current special dietary needs.
- Medical Statement for Student Requiring Special Meals Due to Disability: If the student has a disability that affects his/her diet, a licensed physician must complete this Special Meals due to Disability, Food Allergy.
- Medical Statement for Student Requiring Special Meals Due to Food Allergy or Intolerance: If the student has a food allergy or intolerance, a physician or other recognized medical authority (i.e. physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner) must complete this form.
The medical authority must list on the form all foods that are to be eliminated from the diet and foods that may be substituted.
The appropriate medical statement should be dated no earlier than July 1, 2023. To ensure your student’s special dietary needs are met on the first day of school, return the completed medical statement by July 28, 2023, to Richland School District Two Food and Nutrition Services at 124 Risdon Way, Columbia, SC 29223.
IMPORTANT: Please sign the appropriate medical statement. If the school staff needs additional information to clarify how to carry out the diet prescription requires your signature for the physician or medical authority to share information with the school.