Special Diets

Federal regulations require schools and institutions to serve meals at no extra charge to those children whose disability or life threatening allergy restricts their diet in such a way that they cannot fully participate in the food service program without some modification to the foods offered on the scheduled menu. Parents must request the special meals from the school and provide the school with medical certification from a medical doctor. This medical certification must contain the following:


Physician's Statement for Children with Disabilities


The physician's statement must identify:

  • the child's disability;

  • an explanation of why the disability 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, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.



Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a "person with a disability" means any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

The term "physical or mental impairment" includes many diseases and conditions, a few of which may be:

  • orthopedic, visual, speech, and hearing impairments;

  • cerebral palsy;

  • epilepsy;

  • muscular dystrophy;

  • multiple sclerosis;

  • cancer;

  • heart disease;

  • metabolic diseases, such as diabetes or phenylketonuria (PKU);

  • food anaphylaxis (severe food allergy);

  • mental retardation;

  • emotional illness;

  • HIV disease; and

  • tuberculosis.


  • Though the School Lunch Department is not required to offer supplemental foods or monitor students’ diets, we like to make every effort to ensure the safety and well-being of your child. If your child has a severe food allergy, please send the above information to:

Clyde-Savannah Central School District

Attention Food Service Director:  Donna Riviello

215 Glasgow Street

Clyde, NY 14433

(315) 902-3060


This Institution is an equal opportunity employer