Information about Food Allergies, Sensitivities, and other Special Dietary Needs

Special Diets & Food Allergies

The Child Nutrition Department strives to provide meals for students with special dietary needs. We will make menu modifications and substitutions when appropriate and economically feasible. To assist parents and medical professionals, our menu nutrient information is available online at ;

Menu substitutions must be made for children with a classified physical or mental disability when supported by a signed physician’s MEDICAL STATEMENT. Menu substitutions may also be made for children with special dietary conditions unrelated to a disability (i.e. some food allergies, diabetes) when supported by a MEDICAL STATEMENT signed by a recognized medical authority (board certified allergist, physician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered dietitian).

The Child Nutrition Department will try to accommodate special dietary needs for students without a disability. However, USDA regulations state that the school is not required to serve special meals to all children with diet restrictions. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis by the department's registered dietitian together with the Child Nutrition Supervisor, and must be supported by the appropriate form and signed by a recognized medical authority.

Capital's Child Nutrition Department considers religious and ethnic food preference requests and will try to assist parents in providing an alternative when possible or economically feasible. A physician’s signature is not required for special meal requests, but parents must submit a SPECIAL MEALS REQUEST to their cafeteria manager or our registered dietitian before consideration is given.


The Capital School District is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship or ancestry, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity, against victims of domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking, or upon any other categories protected by federal, state, or local law.  Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to the Title IX, District 504 and ADA Coordinators:  Capital School District, 198 Commerce Way, Dover DE 19904.  Phone (302) 672-1500