Helping a student with Diabetes access a general education is a cooperative effort between school, parents, and student. The following lists give suggestions for helping a student with Diabetes access a general education.

School accommodations and responsibilities:

  • Establish a good working relationship with the parent/guardian
  • Provide diabetic management training to willing and capable school employees
  • Provide training for additional school personnel so that trained people are available when primary people are not available
  • Make available, if necessary, an area of privacy to test and administer insulin
  • Permit student access to a person trained in diabetic management procedures when needed (usually the teacher)
  • Permit student access to snacks as needed
  • Give student permission to use restroom as needed
  • Make water available to student as needed
  • Make sure student has access to diabetic supplies as needed
  • Keep a logbook to record student’s blood sugar levels, insulin dosages, and other related diabetic procedures
  • Provide parents with school lunch menus and carbohydrate counts

Parent involvement:

  • Work cooperatively with school personnel
  • Insure that their student’s diabetic related materials are readily available to trained school personnel
  • Maintain the student’s blood glucose testing equipment, this includes cleaning and performing controlled testing per manufacture’s instructions
  • Provide the school with a log book
  • Provide the school with the doctor’s order(s) for managing the student’s diabetes at school
  • Provide the school with emergency phone numbers of parent/guardian and other responsible individuals ***(Note in an emergency situation if none of the people listed can be contacted, the school will contact trained medical personnel and cost incurred will be the responsibility of parent/guardian)
  • Provide the school will supplies to treat hypoglycemia, including a source of glucose and a glucagons emergency kit, if indicated in the plan
  • Provide information about the student’s meal/snack schedule

Student self-management strategies and responsibilities:

  • Cooperate in a diabetic related tasks at school
  • Follow the doctor’s order(s) as to managing the student’s diabetes in school
  • Age appropriate, self manage the diabetes, including blood-glucose testing, drawing insulin, self administration of the insulin
  • Becoming a self advocate with others in regard to the their diabetes

*** These are not complete lists of suggestions or accommodations, but they are suggested ideas used by parents, teachers, and students to help the student access a general education.