Epilepsy and the School Lunch Program

Provided by Nutricia North America


Did you know that your child's school can provide a daily serving of KetoCal for the cost of the lunch meal?

It's true. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well as the regulations governing the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) stipulate that substitutions to the regular school meal must be made for children who are unable to eat school meals or have special dietary needs due to a qualified disability, such as epilepsy, when that need is certified by a licensed physician.

Please see the steps below:

I am a Parent/Caregiver...

You will receive one-on-one personalized assistance – we help you work with your child's school board to request and complete the necessary forms for the NSLP.

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I am a Healthcare Professional...

  • You can expect that your patient's parents will be given expert guidance through a "hands-on" approach to access the NSLP in their respective school districts
  • The Navigator will request the necessary forms from the School Board
  • The form will require that you as the HCP verify that the child has epilepsy (we have sample forms)
  • The Navigator will help the parent contact the school board to apply for a serving of KetoCal through the school lunch program
  • If the school objects, The Navigator will request that the school request funding from the federal government (as required under the Americans with Disabilities Act)