Accommodating Students with disabilities and/or Special Dietary Needs: Top of Page
Griffin-Spalding County Public Schools will make accommodations for children with disabilities whose disability or special dietary need restricts their diet, when that need is certified by a licensed physician. For modifications or substitutions to the school meals, the school’s Nurse and Nutrition Manager must have a written “Medical Statement to Request Accommodations for Disabilities in the School Meal Programs” Form on file that is signed by a licensed physician or licensed health care professional who is authorized to write medical prescriptions under State law.
The Physician’s medical statement must identify the specific nutritional needs of the student. This includes listing all dairy, peanut, shellfish, or other types of food allergies. *Note this form is available from your school nurse or on the School Nutrition website under the Special Dietary needs info tab. Parents should have this form completed by the licensed physician or licensed health care professional who are authorized to write medical prescriptions under State law.
*Griffin-Spalding County Public Schools does not have peanut or nut free schools. Children have the option to bring meals from home, therefore meals may contain nuts or foods purchased from a facility that processes nuts.
To support the management of special dietary needs, the entire day’s menu is posted on the School Nutrition website
Responsibility of Parents with Students requiring Special Dietary Meals:
Notify the School Nurse of any food allergy, disability, or special dietary need regarding their child.
Provide Medical Statements completed by a licensed physician or licensed healthcare professional who is authorized to write medical prescriptions under State law.
Participate in any meetings or discussions regarding the student’s meal plan. Maintain a healthy line of communication with the School Nurse, Nutrition Manager, and Nutrition Department Program Coordinator, and others as needed.
Notify the School Nurse of any changes relating to the special dietary need, or needs (a new Medical Statement is required if the diet changes).
Submit a new medical statement each year or verify the accuracy of the medical statement yearly that a child requires special dietary meals or substitutions.
For additional questions regarding the School Nutrition Program, call 770) 229-3710 ext 10338
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.