Diabetes Back to School Checklist
Make this the best school year ever! When your child has diabetes, this takes planning during the summer. Use this “to do” list to ensure your child’s transition back to school with diabetes goes smoothly.
- Meet with the school nurse, teachers and administrators to develop your child’s diabetes management plan or Section 504 Plan at school. (If you need help with this, call the DCC social worker at 215-590-3174.) Make sure you have a plan for blood sugar information to be shared between school and home. Learn more about creating your child's Section 504 Plan and download a sample from the American Diabetes Association.
- Get your child’s “School Nurse Protocol” from your diabetes provider. If your child’s school needs other medication forms completed, make sure your provider has at least two weeks to complete them. Answer questions that your child’s nurse might have about using the ratios for giving insulin at school.
- Gather your child’s diabetes supplies for school. These include insulin, test strips, lancing device and lancets, pens or syringes, juice or glucose tablets to treat low blood sugars, and ketone strips. Set up a plan with the school nurse so she can find out if your child is running low on supplies at school.
- Help your child and school nurse figure out lunch-time carb counts. You can access nutrition information for school lunches by contacting your school district. For Philadelphia city schools, go to Nutrition Information to look up carb information. Most general nutrition information can also be found with a quick Internet search.
- If your child is playing a school sport this fall, make sure that sports physical and all paperwork are completed by your child’s primary care doctor.
- Make sure your child wears a medical alert bracelet or necklace.
- On the first day of school, tell your child you love him, take lots of pictures and send him out the door knowing that you have done everything you can to make sure his diabetes will be managed well at school.