Special Dietary Needs

South Washington County Schools Nutrition Services adhere to specific regulations to accommodate special diets for students. USDA regulations, 7CFR, Part 15b, require substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided food substitutions when a special diet statement is signed by a recognized medical authority which includes a licensed physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse. Under the American's with Disabilities Act, anything that substationally limits a major life activity constitutes a disability. A food allergy does not need to be life threatening to be considered a disability.

Nutrition Services:

  • Provides allergen and nutrition information on SchoolCafe for our menued food items.

  • Offers nut containing foods at secondary schools and the products are labeled “contains peanuts” or “may contain peanuts.”

  • Provides all managers with Allergen Training to better understand the importance of cleaning, sanitizing and preventing cross contact in preparation and service areas. Food service staff are trained in proper food handling techniques as well.

  • Recognizes the importance of communication with teachers, parents, health aides, paraprofessionals and school administrators to better manage the special dietary needs of students.

Please contact Bobbie Jo Grummons RD, LD, SNS at 651-425-6250 or rgrummon@sowashco.org  for questions regarding special diet needs.