Special Needs-Meal Modification Info

USDA Child Nutrition Programs support access to healthy meals to all children, including children with disabilities who have special dietary needs. Under the law, a disability is any impairment which limits a major life activity, which can include allergies and digestive conditions but does not include personal diet preferences.

NV Health Staff will guide the initial process of collecting required information and health forms. Food & Nutrition Services will work closely with each building nurse to support your child's dietary needs and provide accommodation as needed.   

Please note: an Emergency Care Plan is required for students with life threatening health conditions, such as severe allergies to food(s).  For all students requesting school meal modification, a NV Food Prescription form will need to be signed and on file. 

NV SCHOOLS HEALTH STAFF: Elizabeth (Liza) Diaz BSN, RN    Liza.Diaz@nv.k12.wa.us

Tammy Ferris, LPN      Tammy.Ferris@nv.k12.wa.us



  •   NVSD will make reasonable modifications to meal(s) on a case-by-case basis to accommodate disabilities which restrict a child’s diet:
    •   Meals will be provided at no extra charge
    •  Accommodations must be made on a case-by-case basis
    • NVSD is not required to offer specific brands or fundamentally alter the program
  • Requests for meal modification must be signed by a State-recognized medical authority, a licensed health care professional authorized to write medical prescriptions in Washington State:
    • Medical Doctor (MD)
    •  Doctor of Osteopathy (DO)
    • Physician’s Assistant (PA) with prescriptive authority
    • Naturopathic Physician
    • Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)
  •  A completed NVSD Food Modification Prescription Form must be on file and include the following:
    • Food(s) to be omitted/avoided from the child’s diet
    •  How the ingestion of the food impacts the child
    • How the reaction is triggered


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