Food Allergies and Special Needs
ACPS is very concerned with keeping all of our students healthy and safe. We want to provide a safe learning environment for all our students. If your student has a life-threatening food allergy, please contact your school nurse BEFORE the first day of school to discuss implementing an allergy action plan (http://www.foodallergy.org/most-popular-resources). The school nurse will work with parents and health care providers to ensure that a health care plan is created to meet the unique needs of each student with special health care issues. The school nurse will also be able to communicate with teachers and school nutrition staff about dietary restrictions. Contact information for the school nurses can be found at http://www.acps.k12.va.us/student-services/health/nurses.php.
Students with allergies are given food substitutions only when supported by a statement from a recognized medical authority that includes recommendations for alternate foods. A recognized medical authority may be a doctor, nurse, or physician's assistant. It is necessary to have only one statement on file. A new statement is not required each year. For questions regarding ingredients in food, please contact School Nutrition Services at 703-824-6640.
- ACPS Food Allergy Guidelines
- How to Read a Label for Common Food Allergens
- Letter to Parents Regarding Milk Substitution, July 2010
- Celiac Disease
Menus with carbohydrate counts are published monthly. Manufacturers may change formulations without informing FNS; we make every effort to provide current information; however, it is always best to ask questions if you have a concern. Contact your school nutrition manager or one of the registered dietitians on staff at 703-824-6640 or . School nutrition managers work closely with the school nurses to ensure that the correct amount and kind of food is served to meet the needs of our diabetic students in elementary schools. We strongly encourage our older students to speak to one of the registered dietitians on staff for nutrition information.