If parents have a concern regarding their child’s food allergies, please contact the school nurse’s office at 283-2571 ext. 1231. It is important that we have this information prior to your child beginning school.
When a physician’s assessment reveals that food allergies may result in severe, life threatening reactions (anaphylactic reaction), the student is considered to be disabled and substitutions prescribed by the physician will be provided. Substitutions will be made on a case-by-case basis when supported by a statement signed by a recognized medical authority. In Minnesota, recognized medical authorities include physicians, physician’s assistants, certified nurse practitioners and registered dieticians. The information received by the school from the medical authority needs to include:
The student’s disability and an explanation of why the handicap restricts the student’s diet.
The major life activity affected by the disability.
The food or foods to be omitted from the student’s diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.
The statement does not have to be renewed each year as long as there are no changes.
Many students with food allergies, food intolerances or obesity are not considered to be persons with disabilities as defined above. Each case will be handled on an individual basis depending upon the medical authority support.
State law specifies the responsibility of a school to provide substitutes for any child with lactose intolerance. A medical statement from a doctor is required before a lactose-reduced milk will be provided. Have your childs doctor fill out the Medical Statement Form and bring to the school nurse. (The school will not make any other substitutions, such as juice, for lactose intolerant students).