• Special Diets 

     
    Special diets will be accommodated for students who are defined with a disability as stated in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and those who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP). The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulation does not require school food service staff to make any accommodations for children with special dietary needs without disabilities or non‐ life threatening allergies; however, since Offer versus Serve is implemented in all school cafeterias, students may choose to decline two items such as milk and other meal components. In this situation, a signed doctor’s form will not be required.
     
    Lactose free milk is available without a physician’s note. Requests for lactose free milk should be made to cafeteria manager with 24 hours notice. Students who can not tolerate other lactose containing products such as cheese, yogurt, ranch dressing, etc., will need the attached physician's note completed and submitted.
     
    The special diet will be provided to students when the need is supported by a completed form signed by the licensed physician. USDA regulation does not allow school food service staff to make any accommodations without the following information:

     

    • Disability or diagnosis requiring special diet
    • Foods not allowed and foods allowed
    • Signature of a physician licensed to practice in the United States. Signatures from physicians outside of the U. S. (i.e. Mexico), will not be accepted in accordance with USDA Child Nutrition Program regulations.

     

    Until the completed physician’s note is submitted and implemented, the responsibility for feeding the child with special dietary needs will lie with the parents/guardians.

    The required form is available below and must be completed by the licensed physician and returned to the cafeteria manager at the student's school. 

    The form can also be faxed to (956) 427-3944 ATTN: Dietitian, or emailed to school.lunch@hcisd.org
     
    You may call (956) 427-3310 for additional information.
     
  • In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

     Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación: De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA. Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas. Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: (1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o (3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov. Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.