Special Diets and Meal Accommodations
Meal Substitutions for Medical or
USDA regulations require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a state licensed physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
In cases of food allergies, children with food allergies or intolerances generally do not have a disability as defined under these regulations, unless the licensed physician’s assessment states food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions.
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a state licensed healthcare professional. The Medical Statement must include:
If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, we are not able to provide the substitutions your child needs. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.
Milk is the most frequent item for which substitutions are requested. Please see the detailed information attached.
Food Allergy List
A list of the ingredients in each item served in PWCS can be found below. The information for processed items is taken from the manufacturer's nutrition label. The information for our school made items is taken from our recipes.
A nutritional analysis of each item served in PWCS can be found below.
If you need additional information, please call 703.791.7314 to speak to one of our dietitians.
Prince William County Public Schools' Nondiscrimination Policy can be found here.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected].
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.