Accomodating children with special
It is important that SFAs continue to have the option to accommodate children with special dietary needs that are not considered a disability.
This includes those accommodations related to religious or moral convictions or personal preference.
2, Meal Substitutions for Medical or Other Special Dietary Reasons in the School Meal Programs; Management Bulletin CNP-10-2015: Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs Subject: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meal Programs This Management Bulletin (MB) provides information and policy that supersedes Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Instruction 783-2, Rev. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided updated guidance based on their grouping of the child nutrition programs and the level of accommodation whether for a disability or special dietary needs.
Major life activities are broadly defined and include, but are not limited to, caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working.The CDE only permits the following state licensed healthcare professionals to complete and sign a written medical statement for a disability: licensed physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners.California does not recognize other medical authorities as authorized to sign a written medical statement to determine a child’s diet.SFAs and local educational agencies (LEA) should not be involved in analyzing documentation to determine whether a particular physical or mental impairment is severe enough to qualify as a disability.The ADA Amendments Act amended the definition of disability, broadening it to cover most physical and mental impairments, and the goal is to ensure equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the SNPs.