It is our goal to offer you assistance and support to assure that the student who has diabetes feels safe and secure in the classroom setting. We believe that with just a few special considerations the student with diabetes can have a normal lifestyle and a positive school experience.

We suggest the following:

  1. Coordinate with the school counselor, a meeting with the family, teachers, principal, coach, playground supervisors, office personnel, and lunchroom workers to collectively develop an understanding of diabetes and the individual student’s requirements to manage it effectively.
  2. Circulate the contents of this packet to the appropriate personnel.
  3. Conduct inservices with the appropriate personnel on the following:
    • Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar
    • Times likely to occur
    • Prevention
    • Specific treatment
    • Snack routines
    • Blood glucose monitoring routines
    • Communication with family
    • Coping mechanisms of student and family
    • Issues of diabetes management
  4. Be familiar with the signs, symptoms and treatments of high and low blood sugar.
  5. Assist with administration of medication and/or blood glucose monitoring in accordance with school policy and the orders of the student’s physician.
  6. Communicate with parents about acute low blood sugar episodes, high blood sugar, and the student’s general progress in coping with diabetes management at school.

NOTE: IF there is not a nurse at your school, these tasks need to be assigned to an appropriate staff member.

For specific information regarding the recognition of high and low blood sugars, the appropriate prevention and treatment, please refer to the resource information accompanying this action plan. The information will be most beneficial to you and the student if you are familiar with it. It should be readily accessible to you at all times.