Special Meal Accommodations
MEAL MODIFICATIONS/ACCOMMODATIONS FOR MEDICAL OR SPECIAL DIETARY REASONS
The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325; September 25, 2008) made important changes to the meaning and interpretation of the term "disability" under the ADA and under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under the ADA Amendments Act, most physical and mental impairments that substantially impact a major bodily function or limit a major life activity constitute a disability.
EQUAL ACCESS TO PROGRAM
The central concern for Provo City School District is ensuring equal access to Program benefits for children with disabilities. Program officials shall work collaboratively with parents and guardians to ensure children receive a safe meal and have an equal opportunity to participate in School Meal Programs.
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
A written medical statement is required from a State licensed healthcare professional in support of a request for a meal modification. Circumstances often vary, even when a disability diagnosis may be the same. The nature of the disability and the age of the child shall be considered when developing appropriate meal modifications.
All disability considerations must be viewed on a case-by-case basis.
The medical statement does not need to provide a specific diagnosis by name or use the term "disabled" or "disability." The medical statement must include:
- The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
- The food or choice of foods to be substituted.
If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a meal containing the required meal components found within the approved meal pattern. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted. The following occupations are authorized to write medical prescriptions in Utah:
- 1. Physician (M.D.)
- 2. Physician Assistant (P.A.)
- 3. Osteopathic Physician (D.O.)
- 4. Advance Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.)
- 5. Naturopathic Physician (N.D. or N.M.D.)
The Procedural Safeguards process, codified at 7 CFR 15b, requires notice and information be provided to parents and guardians regarding how to request a reasonable modification and their procedural rights:
If you do not agree with the decision after providing your medical statement, you may discuss it with Laura Larsen, Director of Child Nutrition, at 801-374-4867. You may place a collect call if you do not have access to local phone coverage. Following such a discussion, you also have the right to a appeal within 10 calendar days of this letter's date. This can be done by calling or writing Stephanie Bryant, Director of Business Administration, 280 W 940 N, Provo, UT 84604, 801-374-4824.