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  • USD 232 Student Nutrition is prepared to assist families and students by providing reasonable meal modifications prescribed by an authorized medical authority to accommodate a child’s food allergy or intolerance.

    2019-2020 Meal Modification Letter & Medical Statement

    If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Jolyn Mortenson at 913-667-6207. Otherwise, please return the completed medical statement to: 

    Jolyn Baldner, Director of Student Nutrition
    35200 W 91st St. 
    De Soto, KS 66018
    Email: jbaldner@usd232.org
    Fax: 913-667-6202

    After receiving your completed form, we will contact you to discuss how to implement a special diet for your student.

     

    Menu Modifications for Non-Medical Reasons

    We plan our menus with great care to incorporate choices that will satisfy all students' needs. If your student's diet is not being met with our current menu offerings, please feel free to contact us to discuss additional options. At our discretion, we will partner with you in an attempt to come up with an acceptable solution that honors your student's diet preferences for non-medical reasons. 

    Nut Policy

    Due to the large number of severe nut allergies in our district, the Student Nutrition Department prepares and produces school meals in a nut-aware environment. We also have many schools and classrooms that have been designated as peanut-restricted zones.

    Elementary Schools: Our policy is generally to avoid all nut-related products at the elementary level. There may be nut products in these building for use in our catering program. These items are prepared on separate tables from where school items are produced, and thorough sanitation procedures are enforced. Our department checks the ingredient labels of purchased items for the elementary meals to ensure, to the best of our ability, that they do not contain nut ingredients or are processed in a plant that manufactures peanut products. Please note there may be pre-packaged Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich entree options in sack lunches at some sites.

    Secondary Schools: We offer pre-packaged products that contain nuts in the secondary snack/a la carte options, as well as a pre-packaged Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich entree option periodically on our main menu. We do not prepare these items in our kitchens where any of our other foods are located. We also offer designated tables for students with peanut and tree nut allergies in the cafeteria seating area.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our department or the nurse's office at your student's school.

     

    Disclaimer
    We are committed to providing an allergy friendly dining experience, however, ingredients and nutritional content of food items served in cafeterias may vary. In addition, manufacturers may change product formulation or consistency of ingredients without the district's knowledge and product availability may fluctuate. While every effort is made to identify ingredients, it is not possible to assure against these contingencies. I​t is ultimately​ the responsibility of the student or guardian to determine whether or not menu items should be consumed. The Student Nutrition Department cannot guarantee the safety of students with life-threatening allergies.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
      1400 Independence Avenue, SW
      Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.