March is National Nutrition Month! Eat right and exercise for optimal health.

Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, a “person with a disability” is any person who has a physical or mental impairment that 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; drug addiction and alcoholism; specific learning disabilities; HIV disease and tuberculosis.

Major life activities covered by this definition include caring for one’s self, eating, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.

An IEP(Individual Education Plan) is a written statement for a child with a disability that is developed, reviewed and revised in accordance with the IDEA and its implementing regulations by the District.  When nutrition services are required under a child's IEP, the Child Nutrition Department must be involved.  A meeting with the child's parents, school staff and the Child Nutrition Department will be scheduled to discuss the child's disability and reasonable menu options.  Menu modifications will not be made without an 504 IEP.  

When an IEP requires menu modifications, USDA regulations require a physician's statement that includes the following information:

  a.  The child's disability
   b.  An explanation of why the disability restricts the child's diet
  c.  The major life activity affected by the disability
  d.  The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet and the menu items that must be eliminated from the child's diet
  

For students with special dietary needs that do not have a disability,  nutrition information can be provided to the parent upon request for the parent to determine which menu items the child will eat. No menu modifications will be made by the Child Nutrition Department for students who do not qualify for an 504 IEP. Please contact Robyn Hughes rhughes@conroeisd.net  for any additional nutrition information.