Our school did something good this year. They made their bazillion forms we get on the first day all electronic. It was easy to fill out, and I could easy print any addendums I needed. Then they pulled a boner.
My son is lactose intolerant.
The dietary forms state “The School/school district does not make milk substitutes available to students with non-disabling special dietary needs. We do however have soy milk, bottled water, and orange juice available for purchase daily.”
So what IS disabling? Unless they’re going to move class to the bathroom, I consider diarrhea and stomach cramps disabling (sorry, son).
It’s not like he asked to not be able to not be able to digest milk well. Just because it’s not a full blown allergy and he can still eat cheese (which most people don’t realize most cheeses are low or lactose free) and yogurt. ice cream is Russian Roulette. Some are OK, and some are not so much. I let him make that call now that he’s older.
But to drink a carton of milk with his lunch IS disabling. It would definitely give him digestive issues.
So now the school wants us to pay extra for that.
What do lactose intolerant kids who are getting reduced or free lunches do?
Oh wait. I was told last year that he can substitute one of his fruits with 100% fruit juice. So they can forgo a food for liquid. Yes, that makes perfect sense. Because our kids are all fat anyway, right? Sure, let’s ply them with liquid calories instead of food.
You know it’s a new school year when your brain is ready to explode from ridiculous policies that are attempted to be imposed upon you.
I will be fighting this. It’s the principle of the matter.
It’s not like I’m asking the entire school to use mouthwash before they talk to my kid. Just give him one of those waters or OJs instead of milk.