The G-E-T School Nutrition Team is happy to announce that we will be serving our 4K students breakfast in the morning when the students arrive to their buildings. Schools that serve meals to preschoolers and K-5 students in the same area at the same time may choose to follow the K-5 meal pattern. Breakfast menus and Free and Reduced applications are also available the Food Service Webpage.
Schools are not required to provide a milk substitute unless the need is supported by a signed statement from a licensed physician indicating that the need is based on a disability.
Most WI schools operate under the Offer vs Serve provision, which allows students to turn down items. Under that scenario, students who are lactose intolerant can turn down the milk under Offer vs Serve, and all are to have access to potable water. The water is the student’s “beverage”. Offering juice as a courtesy (USDA does not recognize this as a substitute for the fluid milk) is discouraged, as it can be perceived as favoritism toward students who are lactose intolerant.
The juice is really a way of providing a “beverage” and the option of water clearly satisfies that. Most students tend to prefer juice over water, and USDA recognizes the nutritional drawbacks of this so they place a limit on the amount of juice that can be offered, ½ cup daily.