SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS
It is the parent’s responsibility to immediately inform Geminus Head Start staff of any current or new Food Allergies or Intolerances. The Geminus Head Start program will not honor individual food preferences unless for medical or religious reasons. If the child has a diagnosed food allergy you will need the following:
- Medical Provider prescription stating very clearly, the allergy, and what needs to be avoided, also must include any substitutions that are allowable. Example: Child has a cow’s milk allergy, however can substitute with soy milk. If peanut/nut allergy, please indicate environment and/or ingestion only. The parent will also be required to sign the Special Diet Acknowledgement Form which confirms the parent is aware he/she cannot bring substituted food from home.
- If the child requires an Epipen, the Medical Provider must complete a written Medication Authorization Form (please request from Head Start) in addition to the Medical Provider prescription. Please note we need these required documents in place to accommodate children in the program. If you have any questions regarding food allergies, please call our Health/Nutrition Coordinator at 219.757.1841 or 219.757.1850.
Serving Northwest and Northern Indiana, Regional Health Systems supports programs in Benton, Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski and Starke Counties and manages facilities in Cedar Lake, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Highland, Hobart, Lake Station, Merrillville, Valparaiso and Whiting, Indiana.
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