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. Meet with the family, principal, school nurse, playground supervisors, and food service workers
  2. Collectively develop an understanding of diabetes and the diabetes related needs of the individual student. The following areas may need to be addressed:
    • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of low blood sugar (insulin reaction)
      • When it is most likely to occur
      • How to prevent it
      • How to treat it
    • Developing a plan of action for emergencies
    • Recognizing the signs and symptoms of high blood sugar
    • Identifying food and snack requirements and routines
    • Identifying blood sugar monitoring needs
      • Routine
      • Privacy
      • School safety procedures
    • Communicating with the family

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 the information and if it is readily accessible to you at all times.