Accommodating children with special needs in school

It covers all programs or activities, whether public or private, that receive any federal financial assistance.Reasonable accommodations include untimed tests, sitting in front of the class, modified homework and the provision of necessary services. This MB provides clarification to child nutrition program (CNP) sponsors on the process, requirements, options, and resources for accommodating children, with and without disabilities, who have special dietary needs. Department of Agriculture Policy Memoranda SP 36-2013, CACFP 10-2013, SFSP 12-2013: Guidance Related to the Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments Act, and SP 32-2015, SFSP 15-2015, CACFP 13-2015: Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs Subject: Guidelines for Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in Child Nutrition Programs This Management Bulletin (MB) supersedes California Department of Education (CDE) MB CNP-07-2014: Guidelines for Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in Child Nutrition Programs, issued in June 2014.The Laws is a federal law (1975, amended by the Office of Special Education Programs in 1997) that governs all special education services for children in the United States.Under IDEA, in order for a child to be eligible for special education, they must be in one of the following categories: is a civil rights statute (1973) that requires that schools not discriminate against children with disabilities and provide them with reasonable accommodations.This MB applies to agencies and sponsors of School Nutrition Programs (SNP), the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).For the purpose of this MB, these entities will be collectively referred to as Agencies. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations under Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR), sections 15.3(b) and 210.10(m), require substitutions or modifications in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for children whose disabilities restrict their diets.

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Kids with learning and attention issues may need to learn material differently than other kids their age.

Accommodations are designed to give kids ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge of the same material as other kids their age. Accommodations don’t lower the expectations for what kids learn.

For example, if your child has trouble with writing, the teacher might let him give answers to a test verbally. They don’t change what kids are taught or tested on.

This MB contains updated information regarding the definition of a recognized medical professional.

The CDE recommends that sponsors read this MB in its entirety.

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