Tips and resources to make sure your child with diabetes stays safe at school
1. Create a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP).
Work with your diabetes health care provider to create a detailed plan of your child’s diabetes care regimen in school. Meet with the school administrator and nurse to review how it will be implemented. For example, the plan should describe your child’s typical symptoms of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and your child’s preferred quick-acting sources of glucose, given to bring levels back to a safe range. DMMPs indicate whether children can check their own blood glucose or give their own insulin, whether they can carry a meter, and where they can check their blood glucose. Download a sample plan here.
2. Write a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP).
These written education plans use information in the DMMP to document the school’s responsibilities, such as who will be trained to provide diabetes care for your child when the school nurse is unavailable. That person may be a school bus driver, a teacher, or other designated adult present during after-school activities or field trips. Download a sample 504 plan at diabetes.org/504plan. Download a sample IEP here.
3. Provide a “Low Box”.
Be sure to have a “low box” containing quick-acting sources of glucose (glucose tablets, glucose gel, or juice boxes) and a glucagon kit with your child, in the classroom, and in the nurse’s office. Plan to refill the low box as needed to treat low blood glucose.
4. Boost Your Child’s Confidence.
Give kids a little more independence at home, such as by teaching them to check their blood glucose, if they’re ready for it, to give them confidence to care for themselves when you’re not with them.
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