Children with diabetes require medical care to remain healthy. The need for medical care does not end while the child is at school. The following information is designed to help children with diabetes and their parents ensure that they are able to care for their diabetes while at school.
Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed. A Guide for School Personnel (PDF) is the definitive guide to the care of children with diabetes in the school setting. From the National Diabetes Education Program.
Download "Becoming a Diabetes Advocate in the School" from the American Diabetes Association
- School Bill of Rights for Children with Diabetes
What every child with diabetes should expect at school
- The Law, Schools, and Your Child with Diabetes
The basis for non-discrimination at school, including a sample 504 plan
- Information for Teachers and Child-Care Providers
An overview of diabetes and what it means for school
- Diabetes Management at School
Detailed instructions and forms to help your child at school, including a 504 plan
- Sample 504 and IEP Plans
Help parents ensure that their kids get the most out of school
- Before School Starts
A quick check list of things to do before your child starts school
- One-page Instruction Sheet for Teachers
Summarize your child's care needs for the teacher
- Information for Classmates
A brief overview of diabetes and hypoglycemia
- Information for Roommates
For college students with diabetes
States with Published Diabetes Care Programs
- Florida offers Guidelines for the Care and Delegation of Care for Students with Diabetes in Florida Schools (January 2015).
- The New Jersey Department of Education has published its Guidelines for the Care of Students with Diabetes in the School Setting.
- The New York State Department of Health offers a collection of information on Children with Diabetes.
- The Texas Diabetes Council offers Guidelines for Training School Employees Who Are Not Licensed Healthcare Professionals.
- Guidelines For Care Of Students With Diabetes from the Washington State Task Force for Students with Diabetes is available online. This excellent guide can serve as a starting point for school systems interested in establishing a diabetes program. (Scroll down the page to find the diabetes links.)
For More Information
- From Children with Diabetes:
- CWD Polls related to school issues:
- Does your child have a 504 plan for diabetes care at school? (August 2015)
- Where does your child perform blood tests while at school? (September 2015)
- Does your child's school district train teachers, coaches and other non-nurse school staff to give insulin? (August 2015)
- Who provides assistance in the care of your child's diabetes while your child is at school? (August 2013)
- How satisfied are you with the diabetes care your child receives while at school or daycare? (September 2015)
- Will someone at your child's school administer glucagon if needed? (October 2015)
- Ask the Diabetes Team questions about school and daycare
- Letter to School Parents in Word format (also in PDF format)
- College advice from Dr. O'Brien of the Diabetes Team
- KinderCare to Accept Children with Diabetes
- Settlement Reached in Board of Education Lawsuit
- A Bitter Pill -- A School's Drug Policy Sours One Teenager's Experience with Glucose Tablets highlights one problem that teens with diabetes face in school, and the continuing need to educate those who educate our children about diabetes.
- Andrea DeFusco's shares part of her Master's Thesis that deals with the rights of children with diabetes in public schools in the United States.
- Information from the US Government:
- Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed. A Guide for School Personnel is the definitive guide to the care of children with diabetes in the school setting. You can download the full PDF and print or share. From the National Diabetes Education Program.
- Americans With Disabilities Act Information on the Web, from the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice.
- Information from the American Diabetes Association:
- The ADA's Safe at School program has extensive resources to help families understand the laws that support diabetes care in schools
- Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know by the American Diabetes Association
- Videos from ADA's Safe at School Program are now online at YouTube. These are great to share with your child's teachers and school staff.
- Diabetes Care in the School and Day Care Setting (2014). Also available in PDF format.
- The Role of Health Care Professionals in Diabetes Discrimination Issues at Work and School
- Information about ACT and SAT exams:
- ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Testing Accommodations on the ACT Assessment
- Services for Students with Disabilities from the College Board includes information about accommodations for taking the SAT exam
- Information from Universities and Other Organizations:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics offers Guidelines for the Administration of Medication in School (PDF) from 2003.
- Download the 8-page Facts About Diabetes: A Guide for School Personnel and Child Care Providers from the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and give it to everyone who comes in contact with your child.
- Helping Children with Diabetes to Succeed at School by IDF.
- A Guide for School Personnel & Child Care Providers by the Diabetes Research Institute
- Visit JDRF's Type 1 Diabetes in School page to request their School Advisory Kit.
- The Canadian Diabetes Association has an excellent Kids with Diabetes in School section.
- Awareness of Chronic Health Conditions: What the Teacher Should Know from the Ministry of Education, British Columbia, Canada.
- Celiac Resources:
- Twin Cities Rock offers support for families with celiac
- Information from Other Web Sites:
- Dex4 offers information about School Days and Hypoglycemia and Hypo First-Aid Posters.
- A web site called The Child Advocate has information about kids with diabetes and issues at school.
- Chalkware Education Solutions sells software to help you create an IEP and a 504 plan. The software is expensive, however.
- Is Your Diabetic Child Prepared for a School Emergency?
- WrightsLaw offers legal information for parents of kids with special needs, including kids with diabetes, regarding education and schooling. Section 504 and IDEA: Basic Similarities and Differences is particularly good.
- The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund publishes books that help explain the rights of people with disabilities. They also publish a Sample 504 Plan and Sample Healthcare Plan.
Updated November 20, 2015
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