Developing a Diabetes Management Program in Your SchoolIf your school has its own diabetes management program, this usually means that your school is responsive to the needs of students with diabetes. A diabetes management plan delineates the roles of school personnel and actually makes their jobs easier. Procedures that outline responsibilities alleviate anxiety personnel may have about helping students who have diabetes.
A management program needs to contain:
- A plan for communicating with parents and the student's medical providers
- School policies and procedures for administering medications, and handling equipment such as meters and pumps
- Specific actions for school personnel to perform in the management program
- An action plan for each student who has diabetes
The student action plans need to describe medical information for each student with diabetes and a detailed treatment plan. The diabetes action plan needs to:
- Identify the student's meal and snack times, including additional appropriate snack foods to have on hand for low blood sugar prevention
- Describe a specific plan of action for handling high and low blood sugar episodes, including the appropriate treatment foods and medications to have available
- List any medications the student receives, noting which ones need to be taken during school hours
- Describe emergency procedures and list phone members
The action plan needs to be signed by a parent and a physician and kept on file at the school. Because each student's diabetes is different, the action plan must be individualed to the student's needs. School personnel need to remember to refer to the student's diabetes management action plan frequently to help the student maintain good blood sugar control.
Included in this guide is the following reproducible resource information for use by school personnel in their management efforts:
- Action Plans For School Personnel and Parents
- What You Need To Know About The Student Who Has Diabetes
- Low Blood Sugar
- High Blood Sugar
- Feelings Associated With Having Diabetes
This information can best be utilized in conjunction with the school's diabetes management program by providing a copy of each resource (in packet form) to the appropriate school personnel.
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