Special Diet Information

Under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disability Act of 1990 define a “person with a disability” as any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such impairment or is regarded as having such impairment.

To modify a school meal,  a physicians statement is required.  This statement must contain:

  • The student's disability
  • An explanation of why this disability affects the student's diet
  • The major life activity affected by the disability
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the student's diet
  • The food or foods to be substituted to the student's diet  

 Students without disabilities but with a medically certified dietary need must have a statement that contains the same information but may be signed by a recognized medical authority.

 
 To begin the process of serving modified meals to students with special needs the following steps must be met: 
 
1. The parent/guardian must provide a physician's statement that contains:
  • The student's disability
  • An explanation of why this disability affects the student's diet
  • The major life activity affected by the disability
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the student's diet
  • The food or foods to be substituted to the student's diet          
 
2. There will be an evaluation of the physician's statement to ensure it contains all the required information and meets Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American Disabilities Act of 1990.
 
The KISD school nutrition department will not make meal substitutions or modifications until going through the steps listed above. 
 
Any new documentation should be submitted at the beginning of the school year to the school nutrition department.
 
We are here to serve you and your student.  Please contact the school nutrition office at 903-988-3900 for assistance.
 
Jennie Hammerbacher RDN LD
Kilgore ISD
Director of School Nutrition
(903) 988-3900