Special Diet Requests

  • Is lactose-reduced milk available?

    A parent/guardian, on behalf of the student, can request lactose-reduced milk. This can be a written request submitted to the food and nutrition services office and does not require a physician’s medical statement. Kitchens order lactose-reduced milk on an as-needed basis.  Note: Substituting juice for milk requires the student must meet the criteria of having a disability that restricts their diet (see special diets below).

    Special Diets for students requiring special meals due to disability that affects their diet.

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) allow substitutions on a case-by-case basis for the basic meal requirements if a child is unable to consume the planned meal because of a disability that restricts their diet. Simply request a Physicians Special Diet Form.  Forms are available from the Food & Nutrition Services office or the school nurse’s office. You may also download a copy below.  The form must be completed by the student’s medical physician to allow Food & Nutrition Services to make meal modifications.  NOTE: NSLP and SBP are not required to make substitutions for meals or beverages unless the student has a disability that affects their diet.  If the student does not meet the requirement (disability that restricts their diet) the parent or guardian should make arrangements to provide meals or beverages from home.  For your convenience, juice and bottled water may be purchased from the school cafeteria. 

    Physician's Special Diet Form (this form is 2 pages; please print 2 sided)

    Do students have to take all food items offered?

    The Alexandria Public Schools follow the USDA Offer vs. Serve provision as part of the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Offer vs. Serve is a provision that allows students to decline either one or two items/categories they do not intend to eat. The provision is intended to reduce food waste in school nutrition programs. It is important to note that schools are required to offer all students all required food items.