At Beyond Celiac, we understand just how stressful it can be to send your gluten-free child to school. You may feel torn between keeping your child safe and helping them to not feel different. Don’t worry! We have the resources you need to get your child accommodations at school while making sure they are included with their peers.
In certain situations, your child may be protected under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This act applies to all institutions receiving federal financial assistance, such as public schools. Under this law, public schools must provide a free, appropriate public education and not discriminate against disabled students. The law accommodates special diets, including the gluten-free diet for children with celiac disease.
This law acknowledges that the disability may not require special education services, but a plan is needed to ensure the student receives an appropriate accommodations in the classroom. You can work with your child’s school to develop a 504 plan (the name stems from Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). A 504 plan is meant to “remove barriers” to learning by providing a specific outline on how to make accommodations or modifications on a student-by-student basis.
Many parents choose to pack a lunch for their child instead of having them navigate the school cafeteria. This can help alleviate many concerns surrounding ingredients and preparation practices of the cafeteria, but many parents say they get stuck in a rut when packing lunches, gluten-free or not. Use the following tips to keep your child’s lunch both gluten-free and delicious!
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