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Special Dietary Considerations

Students with a disabling medical condition which affects their diet may be provided meal modifications. Please have your child’s licensed medical provider (M.D., D.O., PA, NP) complete and sign thus Medical Statement for Special Dietary Needs form. A complete form includes:

·      Information about the child’s physical or mental impairment and how it restricts their diet

·      An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the child’s disability, and 

·      The food(s) to be omitted and recommended alternatives, in the case of a modified meal

For milk substitutions our district provides lactose-free cow’s milk for student’s with lactose intolerance and nondairy soy milk that meet USDA nutrition standards. To request a milk substitution, please complete the Milk Substitution Request Form.

To ensure that our program has the necessary foods available and that staff are adequately informed of the accommodations, please allow ten school days after the receipt of the completed form for the necessary accommodations to be in place. 

The South Portland School Department School Nutrition Program  MUST follow the current Medical Statement for Special Dietary Needs on file. If your child’s dietary needs change please re-submit a new Medical Statement for Special Dietary Needs  or Milk Substitution Request form.

Whenever possible the South Portland School Nutrition Program will attempt to make modification for religious reasons. Please email School Nutrition Director Shawn Perry


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