Diabetes in Schools

Diabetes doesn’t have to get in the way of a good experience at school. Remember, parents and schools have the same goal: to ensure that students with diabetes are safe and that they’re able to learn in a supportive environment. Work with the school nurse to:

  • Create a Diabetes Medical Management Plan including information on how to recognize high and low blood sugar levels
  • Ensure all physician and emergency contacts are updated and provided to school staff.
  • Be sure schools have all the equipment needed to manage diabetes, including a glucagon emergency kit if a student experiences a low blood sugar emergency.
  • Speak to your school nurse if you have any questions and consult with the National Diabetes Education Program School Guide hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia emergency care plans.

Our goal is to help students to manage diabetes at a level right for his or her age.

  • If a child is going to monitor his or her blood sugar, ensure that he or she feels comfortable doing so.
  • At times a trained school employee will do the monitoring, be sure the student knows where and when to go for testing.
  • Encourage students to eat healthy foods, including a healthy breakfast, which will help students stay focused and active.
  • Having diabetes doesn’t mean that a child can’t be physically active or participate in physical education classes. They should get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. In fact, being active can help a child improve his or her blood sugar control.
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