Special Meal Accommodations

Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons

Noblesville Schools adheres to specific USDA guidelines in providing special diet accommodations for students. In accordance with the criteria set forth in USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b, those students who are unable to eat the school meal due to a disability, medical need, or impairment are accommodated. Dietary needs due to lifestyle and religious reasons are important to our school but not a requirement by USDA to make accommodations. Our school will try to accommodate lifestyle and religious needs through our current menu options. 

Food Allergies Not Requiring Meal Substitutions

In many cases, students do not require special meal substitutions and instead foods can be avoided and other choices picked. Point-of-sale alerts are used to monitor students with medically documented life threatening allergies. A signed medical statement must be provided to the school nurse in order for these alerts to set in the cafeteria. 

Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs

There are situations where students need special meals or modifications to meals. Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:

  • An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet;
  • The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet

If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted. MEDICAL STATEMENT TO REQUEST SPECIAL MEALS AND/OR ACCOMMODATIONS

Milk Substitutions

When a student has an intolerance to fluid milk (lactose) there are three options available, and no physician statement is needed. 

  1. Lactose free, vanilla milk
  2. A cup will be provided to fill at a water station
  3. Purchasing a bottle of water  

A signed medical statement can be submitted for further review if the student's dietary needs warrant it. All statements will be considered but substitutions made must adhere to USDA regulations. 


For Additional information please contact Christine Murzyn, RDN at 317-773-3171.