Special Food Needs

Meals for students with disabilities, dietary preferences, and allergies

Nutritional data



To apply for a medical disability alternative, milk substitution, or food intolerance, fill out this Medical Statement for Dietary Disability Form**.  (Spanish - Medical statement for dietary disability form)

We modify meals for students with disabilities who are unable to consume meals offered to students who are not disabled. Determinations on if a student has a disability that restricts his or her diet are to be made by a licensed physician. Adjusted meals should cost the same as regular meals. The school, school nurse, family, student, and physician will work together to best meet the student's needs. 

To request a discontinuation of meal modifications, please fill out and return the Discontinuation of Site Meal Modifications** form to your student's school (Spanish form for Discontinuation of Meal Modifications).  Meal Modification forms may take up to 10 days to be processed.


Dietary preferences

To apply for special meal accommodation due to dietary preferences, religious preferences, or cultural preferences please fill out this Dietary Preferences Form for Meal Modification.  (Spanish - Dietary Preferences for Meal Modification form)

If you are requesting a milk substitute, please fill out the Medical Statement for Dietary Disability Form.



The school, family, and student will work together to provide a safe environment for students with food allergies.

Family's responsibility:

  • Notify the school of the child's allergies.
  • Work with the school team to develop a plan that accommodates the child's needs.
  • Provide written medical documentation, instructions and medications as directed by a physician. Include a photo of the child with this information.
  • Provide properly labeled medications and replace medications after use or upon expiration.
  • Educate the child in the management of their food allergy including:
    • Safe and unsafe foods
    • Strategies for avoiding exposure to unsafe foods
    • Symptoms of allergic reactions
    • How and when to tell an adult they may be having an allergy-related problem
    • How to read food labels
    • Review policies/procedures with the school staff, the child's physician, and the child after a reaction has occurred
    • Provide emergency contact information

Student's responsibility:

  • Should not trade food with others.
  • Should not eat anything with unknown ingredients or known to contain any allergen.
  • Should be proactive in the management of their food allergies and reactions if possible.
  • Should notify an adult immediately if they eat something they believe may contain the food to which they are allergic.

(Source: Colorado Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs, Administrator's Reference Manual)

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