A diagnosis of diabetes doesn't mean your child can't take advantage of the school lunch program. On the contrary, Opaa! has a great deal of experience working with families of students with diabetes. Communication is critical, however, so we recommend the following steps to get your child off to a successful start:

Step OneProvide a Medical Statement
Before we can devise a plan to address the needs of your child, you must provide the child's medical statement (completed by physician) to the school. This will give Opaa! and the school the specific information we need to formulate a plan.

Step TwoSchedule a Personal Consultation
Every child, and every physician's recommendation, is unique. That's why we recommend parents request a personal consultation with the school district's Director of Nutrition Services (an Opaa! employee) and the school nurse. If your child is old enough, by all means, include him or her. Together, we'll study the doctor's recommendations and come up with a plan for your child.

Step ThreeIntroduce Your Child to Kitchen Staff
Opaa! kitchen staff members take a personal interest in children with special dietary needs. The Director of Nutrition Services will be happy to familiarize your child with the cafeteria routine and introduce your child to the staff. If a parent agrees, Opaa! can even hang a picture of your child in a location that is not visible to other students but is plainly visible to kitchen staff.

Step FourRequest a Nutritional Analysis of Meals
The Director of Nutrition Services in every district has access to the nutritional analysis of meals, by month, and will provide that information to a nurse or parent upon request. Opaa! nutritional analysis provides data including carb counts, fiber grams, protein grams, as well as fat grams in items, information that is critical as decisions are made regarding the amount of insulin a student may need at school.

Step FiveTroubleshooting
Should questions arise, your first call should be to the school nurse, not the Director of Nutrition Services or kitchen staff. The nurse can usually provide answers. If not, she'll consult with Opaa! personnel to determine next steps.