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Nutrition Requirements and Analysis

If your student has a life threatening allergy, please contact your student’s building nurse immediately. The following forms should be considered prior to them attending school. 

Allergy Action Plan: This form can be accessed through the building nurse or through your child’s medical provider. This form provides information on what your child’s allergy is and what signs and symptoms we should watch for in the event of an allergic reaction. This form also gives the nurse a treatment plan and provides medical orders for administering emergency medications. 

  • This form is a treatment plan in the event that an allergic reaction arises. It does not guarantee that there will never be an exposure.

Special Dietary Statement: This form can be accessed through the building nurse. This form is for students who have an allergy to food that requires the school district to provide an alternative option at lunch. This form must be signed by a medical provider and is for diagnosed allergies, not preferences. Once submitted, food services will evaluate the request and work to provide a reasonable accommodation. 

 

Nutrition

We are proud to serve high quality, nutritious meals in every Bloomington school. Our goal is to provide students with the best food possible to promote healthy physical and mental development. We create healthy menu choices that meet federal school meal requirements for fat, sugar, salt and whole grains, including locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables. 

Nutrition and Menu Planning

Several factors guide the choices made in planning school lunch menus, including foods that are popular with students, meet USDA dietary guidelines and fall within budget parameters. Meals are planned with a goal of providing students with one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) for key nutrients and calories.  A dietitian reviews and analyzes each menu.

National School Lunch Program

Bloomington Public Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program. USDA child nutrition programs are reviewed every three years by the Minnesota Department of Education and USDA. Kitchens are inspected by state and city health departments and have excellent report records.

Reducing Food Waste

In an effort to reduce food waste, an “offer versus serve” option is provided in compliance with federal standards. Students must be offered the minimum daily serving requirement of specific food components comprising of what constitutes a complete reimbursable meal, either breakfast or lunch. Students may decline one breakfast component and up to two lunch components.

Federal regulations require meals to be priced as a complete unit and students must pay for the full meal even if they choose the minimum of foods offered. 

USDA Policy  

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to:

USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410

Or call 800-795-3272 or 202-720-6382 (TTY).