Special Dietary Needs
Nutrition Services is committed to providing a safe eating environment for all students. Food allergen information for the nine most common food allergens (milk, eggs, wheat, soybean, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, and sesame) can be found on our online menus. From there, users are able to filter out specific allergens found in school meals.
Peanuts and Tree Nuts
All of the meals served in our elementary schools are peanut and tree nut “safe”, meaning Nutrition Services will not serve anything made with peanuts or tree nuts, or manufactured on equipment or in facilities that produce peanuts or tree nuts. However, Nutrition Services has no control over what items are brought in from home, and each individual school should be contacted for further information regarding that school’s policies.
In secondary schools, foods that contain peanuts or tree nuts can be found on the online menus and may be filtered out using the tool mentioned above.
Substitutions must be made to the existing meal pattern if a student is unable to eat school meals due to disabilities when that need is certified by a licensed medical authority certified in the state of Utah. Licensed medical authorities include: licensed Medical Physician (M.D.), Physician Assistant (P.A.), Osteopathic Physician (D.O.), Advance Practice Registered Nurse (A.P.R.N.), and Naturopathic Physician (N.D. or N.M.D.). A form for the licensed medical authority to fill out can be found below. On this form, the licensed medical authority must identify:
- A description of the child’s physical or mental impairment sufficient enough to allow the school to understand how it restricts the child’s diet
- The major life activity affected by the disability.
- The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet
- The food or choice of foods that must be substituted.
Forms may be submitted to the school kitchen manager at the school where the request is being made. It will be reviewed by the district registered dietitian and department director, and the guardian listed on the form will be contacted. If the information on the form is incomplete, unclear, or not enough information is provided the district will seek clarification in order to provide a proper and safe meal.