Food Allergies & Special Diets

Food Allergies/Special Diets

  • AISD follows the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for accommodating children with special needs. 

    Requirements to Make Accommodations:

    AISD may provide menu changes for the following:

    • Students who have a disability that requires an Individual Education Plan or a 504 plan and also have a special dietary need.
    • Students who do not have a disability covered by the Americans with Disability Act, but who have a disease that is life-threatening or a food allergy that requires immediate medical attention such as an EpiPen to treat anaphylactic shock.
    • Students who have allergies that need to be offered alternative menu items.
    • Students that have religious or other beliefs (ex. no pork, vegetarian, vegan) that require dietary modifications.
    • For children who do not meet the definition of a disability, or who do not have a food allergy or disease that is life threatening that requires alternate menu provisions, but have a food allergy can also have a physician fill out a "Request for Dietary Accommodation" form and reasonable accommodations will also be made for that student. 

    How to Request Accommodations:

    • Obtain a copy of a Request for Dietary Accommodation form at the links below or from the school nurse.
    • The form must be completed and signed by a medical doctor who is licensed to practice in Texas. 
    • Return the completed form to their school’s café manager.
    • We will evaluate the form and inform the caregiver if the special need request meets the requirements of the regulations.

    For additional information contact AISD Dietitian Rachel Dunn at or at 512-414-0250.