Children with diabetes require medical care to remain healthy. The need for medical care does not end while the child is at school. The following information is designed to help children with diabetes and their parents ensure that they are able to care for their diabetes while at school.
Download "Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed. A Guide for School Personnel" or request a free copy by printing the order form and faxing or mailing it to the National Diabetes Education Program.
Download "Becoming a Diabetes Advocate in the School" from the American Diabetes Association
- School Bill of Rights for Children with Diabetes
What every child with diabetes should expect at school
- The Law, Schools, and Your Child with Diabetes
The basis for non-discrimination at school, including a sample 504 plan
- Information for Teachers and Child-Care Providers
An overview of diabetes and what it means for school
- Diabetes Management at School
Detailed instructions and forms to help your child at school, including a 504 plan
- Sample 504 and IEP Plans
Help parents ensure that their kids get the most out of school
- Before School Starts
A quick check list of things to do before your child starts school
- One-page Instruction Sheet for Teachers
Summarize your child's care needs for the teacher
- Information for Classmates
A brief overview of diabetes and hypoglycemia
- Information for Roommates
For college students with diabetes
- Schools Database
Record the blood testing rules and school nurse status for your child's school
States with Published Diabetes Care Programs
- The Florida Department of Health has Resources for School-Age Children with Diabetes.
- Florida offers Nursing Guidelines for the Delegation of Care for Students with Diabetes in Florida Schools.
- Missouri offers Diabetes Management In The School Setting.
- The New Jersey Department of Education has published its Guidelines for the Care of Students with Diabetes in the School Setting.
- The New York State Department of Health offers a collection of information on Children with Diabetes.
- The Texas Diabetes Council offers Guidelines for Training School Employees Who Are Not Licensed Healthcare Professionals.
- Guidelines For Care Of Students With Diabetes from the Washington State Task Force for Students with Diabetes is available online. This excellent guide can serve as a starting point for school systems interested in establishing a diabetes program.
For More Information
- From Children with Diabetes:
- Polls related to school:
- Does your child have a 504 plan for diabetes care at school? (August 2007)
- Where does your child perform blood tests while at school? (September 2007)
- If your child requires insulin at school, who administers it? (November 2007)
- Who provides assistance in the care of your child's diabetes while your child is at school? (May 2005)
- How satisfied are you with the diabetes care your child receives while at school or daycare? (September 2005)
- Will someone at your child's school administer glucagon if needed? (September 2007)
- Ask the Diabetes Team questions about school and daycare
- Letter to School Parents in Word format (also in PDF format)
- College advice from Dr. O'Brien of the Diabetes Team
- KinderCare to Accept Children with Diabetes
- Settlement Reached in Board of Education Lawsuit
- A Bitter Pill -- A School's Drug Policy Sours One Teenager's Experience with Glucose Tablets highlights one problem that teens with diabetes face in school, and the continuing need to educate those who educate our children about diabetes.
- PEDS Frequently Asked Questions about diabetes care at school.
- Andrea DeFusco's shares part of her Master's Thesis that deals with the rights of children with diabetes in public schools in the United States.
- Information from the US Government:
- The National Diabetes Education Program has upadted their Resources on Diabetes in Children and Adolescents to include Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed. A Guide for School Personnel. This 88-page document is exceptionally good. You can request a free copy by printing the order form and faxing or mailing it to the NDEP.
- Americans With Disabilities Act Information on the Web, from the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice.
- Information from the American Diabetes Association:
- The ADA's Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes is an authoritative and comprehensive tool for families seeking to ensure that their children with diabetes are afforded all of their legal rights while they are at school. This document is indispensible for all families. You can download the complete PDF from the ADA web site or from the Children with Diabetes web site.
- School Training Modules -- Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know by the American Diabetes Association
- Becoming a Diabetes Advocate in the School from the American Diabetes Association
- Safe at School is an article about the ADA's "Safe at School" campaign that was published in the May 2005 issue of Diabetes Forecast
- Your School and Your Rights from the American Diabetes Association, which discusses the legal obligations of school systems under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975, amended in 1991. The ADA offers a brochure of this name. Contact your local ADA office and ask for Order Code 3130-48.
- The ADA has a large collection of School Discrimination Resources and Education Discrimination Materials to help families who are struggling with uncooperative schools
- Diabetes and the Law is a starting point for help from the ADA.
- Diabetes, School and the Law is a three-page PDF taken from the ADA's Wizdom Kit.
- Diabetes Care in the School and Day Care Setting. Also available in PDF format.
- Diabetes Information for Schools offers guiadance for school staff on the law and their responsibilities
- The Role of Health Care Professionals in Diabetes Discrimination Issues at Work and School
- Information about ACT and SAT exams:
- ACT Policy for Documentation to Support Requests for Testing Accommodations on the ACT Assessment
- How do I become approved for accommodations on College Board tests? (covers the SAT test)
- Services for Students with Disabilities from the College Board
- Information from Universities and Other Organizations:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics offers Guidelines for the Administration of Medication in School.
- The American School Health Assocation has a magazine about diabetes in school
- The IDF has published a position statement about The Rights of the Child with Diabetes in the School.
- A Guide for School Personnel & Child Care Providers by the Diabetes Research Institute
- JDRF Position Statement Regarding Diabetes Management In Schools.
- The Canadian Diabetes Association has an excellent Kids with Diabetes in School Resource Page and superb Kids with Diabetes in School document.
- Schools often ill-equipped for medical emergencies.
- What School Personnel Should Know About the Student With Diabetes by the University of Massachusetts Medical Center
- Awareness of Chronic Health Conditions: What the Teacher Should Know from the Ministry of Education, British Columbia, Canada.
- Celiac Resources:
- How To Create A Health Care Plan For Celiac Disease
- Celiac Disease Handbook for School Professionals
- Information from Other Web Sites:
- Children Have Rights In School is a web site with information about diabetes and school.
- Pediatric Education for Diabetes in Schools is a printed guide that can be purchased from the PADRE Foundation. See also our Diabetes Management at School section.
- Health Education, Diseases, Tips For Teachers, Chronic Illness.
- A web site called The Child Advocate has information about kids with diabetes and issues at school.
- Colorado Advisory Network information about Section 504.
- Chalkware Education Solutions sells software to help you create an IEP and a 504 plan. The software is expensive, however.
- In Your Backyard: On Diabetes and Disabilities Law.
- Is Your Diabetic Child Prepared for a School Emergency?
- Roche Diagnostics offers a collection of Back-To-School Forms that are free to download
- WrightsLaw offers legal information for parents of kids with special needs, including kids with diabetes, regarding eduation and schooling. Section 504 and IDEA: Basic Similarities and Differences is particularly good.
- Inclusion of Students with Special Needs is a web site with a database of information to help parents and teachers in Washington State.
- The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund publishes books that help explain the rights of people with disabilities. They also publish a Sample 504 Plan and Sample Healthcare Plan.
- NC Health Choice for Children: Information for Children with Special Needs and their Families
- Section 504 Questions & Answers can help parents prepare a 504 plan for their children with diabetes.
- You Can't Catch Diabetes! is a study guide for students in grades K through 4 that will help kids understand the cause of diabetes and the effect of the disease.
Original posting 7 September 1997
Last updated 9 March 2008
Last Updated: Thu Jun 26 16:00:05 2008
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