Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must serve milk. However, students are not required to take a milk with lunch, and schools can provide substitute drinks upon parent request, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture officials. Still, students in some Illinois schools say they believe drinking milk is their only option during lunch. Some district officials say a doctor's note is needed before a school can serve an alternative drink to a student with a milk allergy.
Students with milk sensitivities face challenges at some Ill. schools