Special Dietary Needs
- A special dietary need is one that requires medical documentation by filling out the form "Medical Statement for Accommodating Disabilities" linked in the files below. Some examples of special dietary needs are gluten-free, specific food allergies, texture modifications, etc.
- The form "Medical Statement for Accommodating Disabilities" must be filled out by a healthcare provider and returned to CSD School Nutrition and their school nurse. We must receive this completed paperwork before we can begin to make accomodations for any student.
- The form "CSD Milk Substitution Form" can be filled out by a student's parent/guardian or their healthcare provider.
- In the past, students with food allergies or special dietary needs were handled more so by individual nurses and schools. As we move forward, we want to have documentation come to the School Nutrition Department so that we can ensure that we're tracking all of our students in the best way possible. The paperwork linked on this page is the standard paperwork given by the Georgia Department of Education.
For in-person students who are vegetarian or have a special dietary need, please fill out the form below.
Process for picking up special dietary meals:
- For our in-person students picking up lactose-free milk meals, vegetarian meals, or other special dietary meals, and have completed the necessary forms, please contact your AA for your school's procedures. All special dietary meals will be labeled with the child's name.
- For our virtual students, who require lactose-free milk, vegetarian meals, or other special dietary meals, and have completed the necessary forms, you can pick up your meals at our TakeOutSpot at Decatur High School. Please pick-up meals on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM.
We must receive this completed paperwork before we can begin to make menu accommodations. Only filling out our google form or emailing our department is not sufficient documentation. In the past food allergies have been handled more so by individual schools and nurses, however, we are moving towards having all food allergy documentation come through the School Nutrition Department.
Required Forms for Special Dietary Needs:
If your child is eating with us and requires vegetarian meals OR has a special dietary need, please fill out this google form: https://forms.gle/eyo5veaaAN8iBczp6. In addition, parents of students with special dietary needs are required to return the completed form “Medical Statement for Accommodating Disabilities” to our Food and Nutrition Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that a healthcare provider must fill out and sign this form.
If your student is requesting lactose- free milk, we must have the “CSD Milk Substitution Form”; completed by either a parent/guardian OR a healthcare provider.
Peanut Allergy Information
- ECLC is our only facility where nuts are not served. Our other schools are “nut-aware,” indicating we take extra care to prevent cross contamination.
- All K-5 schools offer individually packaged Whole-Grain PB&J Uncrustable sandwiches as a meal choice. Otherwise, all menu items for breakfast and lunch will not contain nuts as an ingredient. We serve pre-packaged peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to further help prevent allergen contamination in our kitchens.
- Grades 6-12 will always offer individually packaged Whole-Grain PB&J Uncrustable sandwiches as a meal choice, and some menu items may occasionally include nuts. This page will be updated if nuts are included on any menu items for these schools.
- For the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year: We do not plan to serve any menu items containing nuts/tree nuts other than our PB&J sandwiches.
It is important to note that while we do not use peanuts as an ingredient, some of our products may be manaufactured in a processing facility alongside peanuts/tree nuts or any of the big 8 allergens. We want to make students and families aware that this is a reality of living with food allergies or special dietary needs, and a child's biggest advocate is themselves. We recommend teaching them to ask about their allergen or special diet every time they are offered food, no matter the source.
Please view our itemized database for carbohydrate counts.
We update this list as new products become available to us, or as recipes change. Thank you.**We offer lactose-free milk upon request in all of our schools.**For additional allergen questions, please see our contact page to email our Nutrition Supervisor.