Every scholar in Warrensville Heights City School District receives a free breakfast and lunch. Menus are posted monthly and are carefully selected by Nutrition Services to be nutritionally complete and delicious. School kitchens do not determine menu items or substitutions. See the below Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Can I receive food for my scholars during school breaks?
Scholars may be able to receive school meals when school is out of session or cancelled. This is a case by case basis. The best resource to receive information on meal distributions is our social media including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
What if my child needs special meal accommodations?
There are a few different accommodations requests that we honor. Please ensure that you've taken the proper steps with paperwork and notification ahead of each school year so we can serve your scholar the best we can.
Meal Substitutions for Medical Reasons
USDA Regulation 7 CFR Part 15b requires substitutions or modifications in school meals for children whose disabilities restrict their diets. A child with a disability must be provided substitutions in foods when that need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician.
In Cases of Food Allergy
Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability, as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when a physician statement is presented that food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability”, and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made. An common example of a non-life threatening allergy would be lactose intolerance, in which case the district is not required to offer a substitute for milk. Read more about the ODE Child Nutrition Milk Substitution Policy here.
School nutrition services may make food substitutions at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special dietary need. Such determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening anaphylactic reactions when exposed to the food(s) with which they have problems.
Medical Statement for Children with Special Dietary Needs
Each special dietary request must be supported by a statement explaining the requested food substitution and must be signed by a recognized medical authority. The Medical Statement must include:
- An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition which restricts the child’s diet;
- The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet; and
- The food or choice of foods to be substituted.
- If we do not receive a medical statement from a recognized medical authority, your child will receive a regular lunch tray. Medical statements completed by parents or guardians will not be accepted.
Is there nutrition information available for school meals?