White Bear Lake Nutrition Services recognizes the importance of special diets and allergy concerns. Our staff have been trained on proper sanitation techniques to avoid cross-contamination during production of foods with allergens.
Parents are encouraged to visit their student's School Nutrition Manager or the district Nutrition Services Coordinator to review the nutrient label book. Managers would be happy to show families how food is produced and the care they give to ensure a safe place for all students. Please keep in mind that students, staff, and community members still bring foods from home. Therefore, our schools cannot be guaranteed "free" from any allergy source.
Nutrition Services makes every reasonable effort to purchase nut free products for food items served in the district. However, due to voluntary food labeling and manufacturing/packaging facilities, Nutrition Services cannot guarantee that all items are processed in a nut or allergen free environment.
You may request lactose free milk by completing the fluid milk substitute form on the Special Diet Statement Request Form (click here for form
) and submitting it to your student's school nurse. Other milk substitutions, such as rice milk, may require additional documentation.
Meal Modifications and Substitutions
White Bear Lake Area Schools Nutrition Services will provide special dietary requests for students with food allergies and/or other dietary restrictions. In accordance with federal USDA regulations, the Special diet Statement, with or without disability, must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian as well as their physician or other medical authority (as indicated on the form). This must be completed before any accommodations are able to be made. If no substitutions are required, a form is not needed.
What is a special diet statement for a participant with a disability that affects the diet?
The special diet statement is a form which provides information about the child, the disability for which the diet must be modified, defines which foods are to be omitted and substituted and is signed by a licensed physician, physician assistant or advanced practice nurse (such as a nurse practitioner).
A food allergy that results in a life threatening (anaphylactic reaction) would be an example of a special dietary need with a disability.
What is a special diet statement for a participant without a disability that affects the diet?
Substitutions for students without a disability will be made on a case-by case basis when supported by the Special Diet Statement. This form must be completed by a recognized medical authority. In Minnesota, a recognized medical authority includes a licensed physician, physician assistant, certified nurse practitioner, registered dietitian, licensed nutritionist and chiropractor.
Generally, a participant with a food allergy OR a food intolerance that does not result in a life threatening (anaphylactic) reaction, is not considered to be a person with a disability.
In most cases, the special dietary needs of a person who does not have a disability may be managed within the normal program meal service by avoiding certain food and choosing others. The special diet statement is needed only if a food substitution is requested.
Do I need to have a form completed every year?
The parent/guardian is responsible for providing a new special diet statement if there are any updates or changes to the current dietary form on file. It is not necessary to provide a new special diet statement every school year if there are no dietary changes.
Where should I submit my Special Diet information?
Forms should be completed and returned to your school nurse. The nurse will forward to the Nutrition Services Coordinator and School Kitchen Manager.
If you have any questions or would like to set up a time to meet, please contact Bridget Lehn at 651-407-7524 or firstname.lastname@example.org or your school nurse.