At School

School Lunches and Special Dietary Needs

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program, which includes breakfasts and after school snacks in some cases, are required by law to make accommodations for children who are unable to eat the standard prepared meals because of a disability or health issue.

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Performance Domains

Student should be evaluated for Special Education in all areas - referred to as performance domains - related to the disability or area of concern. Performance domains are the skill areas in which a student can be evaluated and provide a framework for consideration of the individual's instructional needs.

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Medical vs. Educational Model

Some children will receive services through both the educational and medical models. For some children, the frequency or intensity of services they receive at school through the educational model will not meet all of the child's medical needs. There may be goals that are not addressed by school-based services and would require home or community-based services from the medical model. In each setting, the child should be assessed individually to determine the best way to meet his or her needs.

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Individual Health Care Plans and Emergency Information Forms

To create an IHP for your child, work with your child's physician. Most physicians have IHP forms for specific health conditions, and most forms require the physician's signature prior to submitting it to your child's school.

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