Posted on January 8th, 2020 in Frequently Asked Questions

Perry Township’s Child Nutrition Department encourages all students to participate in our programs—even if they have specific allergies. Our staff dietitians are trained in creating menus that meet your child’s personal nutritional needs due to allergies.

It is important to note that Perry Township Schools follows the USDA guidelines for meal planning, meeting and exceeding all nutritional requirements. Federal law and the regulations for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program require schools to make reasonable accommodations for children who are unable to eat the school meal as prepared because of a disability. According to the ADA, the term ‘disability’ is defined as 1.) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual 2) a record of such an impairment; or 3) being regarded as having such an impairment. We will gladly accommodate students who meet these criteria!

In order to make modifications or substitutions to the school meal, schools must have a written Medical Statement signed by a recognized medical authority identifying the following:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet
  • The food or choice of foods to be substituted. In Indiana, a recognized medical authority includes a physician, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner

To ensure that specialized menus for defined disabilities are implemented in a timely manner, we ask that you please contact our Assistant Director, Callie Neumann, to discuss your child’s individual needs as soon as possible at 317-789-3748. Once documentation has been received, your child’s allergens will be flagged in Skyward to alert our staff of foods that must be avoided.