You will definitely need a note from the doctor for the school to consider his dietary needs. Call the food service department and talk to the people there. If he eats school breakfast or lunch, they will accommodate him. Ask the food service folks how/if they talk with the teachers. You will probably want to talk to the teachers yourself.
I work with school districts across the country and my advice is based on what I've seen in four districts.
There is a group called Raising Our Celiac Kids and they might have specific handouts or information regarding being gluten-free.
Of course ask the school what their action plan contains. If your child is diagnosed with a medical issue I think they fall under the ADA guidelines which requires reasonable accommodation.
For my 4-yr preschooler in a private school, we met with the teachers and administrators. I brought in gluten-free play dough used by all kids so that my child would not be cross contaminated. I had a box of snacks in the class room with a small selection they could choose from for a similar snack when needed. The school also allowed me to keep a small container in the freezer with a couple of muffins and cup cakes for the birthday party surprise.
The teacher and I talked often ahead of time about special plans like making pizza or cookies in the class room.
Public schools in my area have peanut free zones for the kids allergic to nuts. I hope your school will be open and helpful for your situation.
My advice is to visit the school and see how they handle special dietary needs. At a school where I worked, there was a special area for children with allergies (especially peanut allergies that year). There was adult supervision for that table. I'm sure you will need a script from the DR. explaining the child's dietary needs.)
How old is your son and how much weight has he lost?
My son only has the markers for it as of right now. His father refuses to believe that there is a problem so when they are there for visits, he has been giving him gluten constantly so he comes home sick. My son is only 6 and he gets stomach cramps and headaches when he eats it.
I totally agree and would love to hear how people deal with kids in school with Celiacs. I don't know if my son has it, but I am considering cutting gluten out of his diet over the summer because he keeps losing weight.
My kids have been homeschooled most of their lives. They went to a charter school this year and with my youngest being diagnosed with Celiac markers (and me already having it) I had a huge issue with making sure that he was not given anything at school without my knowledge. That's not so hard on the teacher's part because she was willing to call me and ask what she could give him. What was hard was that my son is a charmer and he was always getting something from someone: candy, food, cupcakes, etc. Next year, they are going to a public school and I worry about the attention that will be paid to his dietary needs.
So this brings me to my question. How do you handle gluten free with your school aged children? I am actually thinking about trying to start some type of awareness program and asking the schools if I can come in and talk to them about it. So many more people are being diagnosed with Celiac and gluten intolerance that it needs to be a recognized issue in the schools.
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