Diabetes Care in School
Be ready for school
- Supply your child’s school with:
- meter and strips
- insulin, syringes and pump supplies as needed
- urine ketone test strips
- glucose tablets or something to treat a low
- Have your child wear a medic alert ID
Develop a diabetes health care plan
- Work with your diabetes team and school staff to create a 504 Plan (see below) or Diabetes Health Care Plan for your child.
- This plan should include:
- bathroom and water breaks
- managing diabetes during school activities
- instructions for testing blood sugars
- guidelines for giving insulin
- times for meals and snacks
- signs and symptoms of high and low blood sugars and how to treat.
- urine testing for ketones when blood sugars are over 240
- responsibilities of school staff, your child and you
- emergency contact information
- Forms should be signed and dated by the school nurse and you.
- Update the plan when there are changes
- If your child is in a public school, you can ask for a formal 504 Plan.
- A 504 Plan outlines plans for your child’s medical needs.
- You may request a 504 Plan at any time.
- Call the diabetes social worker at 215-590-3174 to request a sample 504 plan.
- Make sure your nurse completes the form “Medical Orders for Diabetes Management at School/Day Care” during your diabetes visit.
- Review it with school staff. Keep a copy for yourself.
- Schools need a new form every year.
- Get this form BEFORE school starts.
- If your school needs other forms, give your Nurse Practitioner 2 weeks to complete and return them to you.
Your rights under the law
- Children with diabetes are required by law to receive all their diabetes care while in school.
- Federal law includes diabetes care under its rules for disabilities.
- Some laws that protect a child with diabetes rights in school include:
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- The American with Disabilities Act
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Not all of the protections provided by these laws apply to children in private or religious schools.
- If you feel that your child is being treated unfairly because of diabetes, request a meeting with the school principal.
- If you need help, contact:
For more information or questions about diabetes care in school, please call 267-426-0271 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.