Implementing special diets in schools

A pupil can be assigned a special diet on the basis of food allergy or hypersensitivity and for religious or other ethical reasons. The need for a special diet is assessed in school health care. The special diet should be followed on a regular basis.

If the pupil needs a special diet for health reasons, the guardians should contact the school nurse annually.

If the pupil needs a special diet for religious or other ethical reasons, the pupil or guardian must complete the attached notice of an ethical diet, have it signed by the guardian and submit it to the class supervisor. The class supervisor will forward the form to the school kitchen.

In educational institutions, it is possible to obtain a vegetarian diet, using dairy products and eggs, i.e. a lacto-ovovegetarian diet, based on ethical criteria. A fully vegan diet should be discussed separately with a food service nutritionist of the school food services.


The Islamic faith prohibits pork or pork ingredients in the diet. The pupil is prepared food using either beef, chicken or fish instead of pork or pork ingredients. Meat slaughtered in accordance with halal rules cannot be served by the food service. This is why Muslims are offered a lacto-ovovegetarian diet containing dairy products and eggs.

Food containing blood

The school food services do not serve food containing blood or food with ingredients containing blood components.


In Judaism, the meat should be properly slaughtered, making it kosher, i.e. edible. Meat and dairy products must also not be served together at the same meal. The food services are not able to prepare or serve food according to strict Jewish rules. If the pupil does not follow the rule on the use of dishes, the diet may be carried out as a lacto-ovovegetarian diet, or alternatively as a non-dairy diet without the forbidden animal products.