Special Meal Accommodations

Students with a Disability: Poway Unified will provide special diets to students with disabilities or medical conditions that limit a major life activity such as breathing or learning; for example, severe food allergy that results in life-threatening anaphylaxis.  A current Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations must be completed and signed by a licensed physician.  This medical statement must be completed in its entirety and returned to your child’s school administration office.  This form should be updated annually.

Students without a Disability:  Poway Unified is not required to make food substitutions for children with non-disabling conditions.  The District may accommodate students without disabilities who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need on a case-by-case basis.  Examples include food intolerances or allergies that do not cause life-threatening reactions.  To make modifications or substitutions to the school menu, schools must have a written Medical Statement completed and signed by a recognized medical authority (licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner).

Lactose Intolerance: The District offers soy milk to children who cannot drink cow's milk due to lactose intolerance or milk allergy/sensitivity.  To request soy milk for your child, please submit a written request from a recognized medical authority, or from a parent/guardian using the Parental Request for a Fluid Milk Substitution form.  Please notify the appropriate Food and Nutrition Supervisor for your child’s school, to ensure soy milk is available.

Peanut-free Environment:  It is not possible to establish and maintain a “peanut-free environment” in school nutrition centers (formerly known as cafeterias).  Because of this, parents with concerns regarding special needs may be well advised to consult with their medical professionals, school administration, and the school health technician or nurse, to ascertain the best course of action for their children and to assist their children in making appropriate choices.  Monthly menus can be sent to your email address and can be accessed on the Menus page of this website.

Personal Preferences:  Unfortunately, Poway Unified is unable to accommodate special diets based on personal preferences or religious convictions.  We address this by offering a variety of menu options every day in the form of choices.  By offering choices (protein, grain, fruit, vegetable, and milk), each child can customize a meal that suits his or her appetite and food preference.

Special Dietary Needs - Medical Statement
Special Dietary Needs - Parent Request for Milk Substitution (Soy Milk)
Special Dietary Needs - California Management Bulletin
Special Dietary Needs - Gluten Free Letter to Parents