Call and schedule a meeting with school staff before your child returns to school. Try to include as many of the following individuals in the meeting as possible:
- School nurse (if you do not have a school nurse, ask the school who will be helping with your child’s diabetes and include them in the meeting, such as a secretary)
- Nurse’s aide / administrative support staff
- Food service manager
- Bus driver
- Physical education teacher / coach
Plan ahead for your school meeting:
- Make a list of the diabetes care your child will require at school.
- Ask your diabetes provider if they have written guidelines for diabetes care at school.
- Ask the school personnel if there are any required forms that need to be filled out.
During your meeting with school staff, ask the following questions:
- Who will help monitor my child’s diabetes care at school, on the bus and during field trips?
- Who will assist or give my child insulin at school if needed?
- Who will call me when my child’s diabetes supplies need to be replaced?
- Is carbohydrate information for school foods available?
- Who will remind my child to eat his / her meals or snack (if applicable)?
Speak with the appropriate school staff to assign:
- An area to store items used to treat low blood glucose
- An area to test blood glucose levels
- A plan to report blood glucose results to you
- A system to track recurrent absences or requests to be excused from class due to diabetes
Diabetes is regarded as a disability by federal law. Parents and school personnel may choose to develop a written plan (known as a 504 plan) that outlines specific accommodations and responsibilities related to diabetes care at school.
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