School and Diabetesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-diabetesSchool-enHD-AR1.jpgWhen kids with diabetes attend school, parents should discuss the condition with teachers, school staff, and coaches. Here are some tips on what to cover.school and diabetes, managing diabetes at school, iep, individualized education plans, what does my child with diabetes need at school?, discussing diabetes with your child's teachers, working with your child's school, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, blood sugar levels at school, school responsibilities, accommodating your child's needs at school, nurses, teachers, coaches, school administrators, field trips, sports, clubs, lunch, snacks, diabetes medicines, testing supplies, testing at school, insulin at school, backpacks, organizing your child's diabetes, americans with disabilities act04/01/200504/27/201804/27/2018Steven Dowshen, MD04/24/2018e4bb6492-106a-4cc6-9b35-ccfa76d54420https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/school-diabetes.html/<p>Most schools are prepared to help their students with diabetes. But parents also should be part of the process. This means meeting with school staff, giving them the information they need, and making sure that your child knows how to manage diabetes away from home.</p> <p>Your child's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diabetes-team.html/">diabetes health care team</a> can help. And school administrators and nurses often have experience in helping kids with diabetes participate safely and successfully at school.</p> <h3>Working With the School</h3> <p>Most of what you use to care for your child at home is needed at school. This includes:</p> <ul> <li>a specific diabetes management plan</li> <li>diabetes medicines</li> <li>testing supplies</li> <li>snacks</li> </ul> <p>You might put these into packages for teachers, the school nurse, coaches, your child, and others.</p> <p>At school, kids might need to:</p> <ul> <li>check their <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/glucose-level.html/">blood sugar levels</a></li> <li>take <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/insulin.html/">insulin</a> or other diabetes medicines</li> <li>eat snacks as needed</li> <li>eat <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meal-plans-diabetes.html/">lunch</a> at a certain time, with plenty of time to finish</li> <li>have easy access to water and time for bathroom breaks</li> <li>get <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-diabetes.html/">physical activity</a> and participate in school events like field trips</li> <li>recognize and get treatment for low blood sugar episodes</li> </ul> <p>The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends giving the school a packet with general diabetes information, including how to recognize and treat <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/def-hyperglycemia.html/">hyperglycemia</a> and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/def-hypoglycemia.html/">hypoglycemia</a>, as well as the management plan. Also include contact information for you, other caregivers, your child's doctor, and other members of the diabetes health care team.</p> <p>To keep the school staff informed, consider reviewing your child's diabetes management plan with the school annually &mdash; or whenever it is updated or changed.</p> <p>You might also want to meet with school staff, such as the principal, your child's teachers (including the gym teacher), the school nurse, and any coaches. They will tell you if they need anything else from you.</p> <h3>Diabetes, School, and the Law</h3> <p>By law, diabetes is considered a disability. So it is illegal for schools or childcare centers to discriminate against kids who have it.</p> <p>Any school that receives federal funding or any facility considered open to the public must reasonably accommodate the special needs of children with diabetes. Teachers and school nurses assess kids individually to find the best ways to ensure their education while managing the diabetes.</p> <p>The school may be required to create a legal document called a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/504-plans.html/">504 plan</a> that describes how it will meet a child's needs. You might also get an <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/iep.html/">individualized education plan (IEP)</a> that outlines educational goals and how the school will achieve them.</p> <p>The school needs to meet your child's needs within the usual school or classroom setting with as little disruption as possible. This helps prevent kids from feeling different from their peers. The school also must meet your child's needs during activities outside the classroom, such as sports teams or extracurricular clubs.</p> <p>Some schools have all the staff that's needed to ensure proper care for kids with diabetes, but others might not. For example, many schools share a nurse with other schools in the district rather than having one available all the time. Be sure that your school addresses how the staff will meet your child's needs in the classroom and during activities such as field trips.</p> <p>Your child has a right to private health information, according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). But to meet a student's special needs, school officials and the diabetes health care team might need to share medical information.</p> <p>Ask the diabetes health care team and school officials if they will share information and how to ensure your child's privacy. Your doctor and the school might need written permission from you to exchange this information. This is important because if a problem happens, the school staff may need to get information about your child's health quickly.</p> <h3>Preparing Your Child</h3> <p>Parents often feel nervous about sending a child with diabetes off to school. It's important to educate kids about diabetes without passing along feelings of fear or nervousness. Kids should understand how to monitor and treat the disease based on their age and maturity.</p> <p>While at school, kids with diabetes should:</p> <ul> <li>know who to contact for help, such as a teacher, nurse, or coach</li> <li>know how to handle lunchtime and other eating situations</li> <li>have all the supplies and snacks needed to manage diabetes easily</li> </ul> <p>Your child should tell you about any issues related to diabetes management at school. Be sure that you ask things are going.</p>La diabetes en la escuelaEs cierto que las escuelas deberían estar preparadas para atender a niños con diabetes, pero también es cierto que los padres deberían formar parte de todo este proceso. Esto suele suponer que los padres recojan toda la información que necesita el centro escolar, se aseguren de que esa información llega a la gente adecuada y se reúnan con el equipo directivo para hablar sobre el manejo de la diabetes en la escuela.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/school-diabetes-esp.html/38d395d3-f7e4-44b2-9698-ead96f48a79f
504 Education PlansIf your child has special needs in the classroom, he or she may be eligible for a government-supported learning plan.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/504-plans.html/0af3e773-e353-4673-a384-b0e9b4a5c1f2
Carbohydrates and DiabetesIf you have diabetes, you might think you shouldn't eat carbohydrates (carbs) at all. But all kids, including kids with diabetes, can and should eat carbs as part of a healthy diet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/carbs-diabetes.html/b10b4f63-3c01-4ed7-a170-4b80cc5ef2ab
Diabetes CenterDiabetes means a problem with insulin, an important hormone in the body. Find out how children with diabetes can stay healthy and do the normal stuff kids like to do.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/center/diabetes-center.html/0767277a-98f9-4541-b2f6-f3c68f43a94c
Diabetes Control: Why It's ImportantKeeping blood sugar levels under control can help keep you healthy and prevent health problems from happening down the road. Find out more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/diabetes-control.html/5ec43be3-261e-4e07-b64b-831ea38c9fbf
Diabetes: Dealing With FeelingsIf your child has diabetes, you may spend a lot of time thinking about the physical effects. But it's also important to understand the emotional issues surrounding a diabetes diagnosis.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feelings-diabetes.html/73debeef-5466-4edc-b140-2824a238b6a7
Diabetes: When to Call the DoctorTaking care of your diabetes includes knowing when to call a doctor and get medical help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diabetes-doctor.html/de1ff189-1169-4fee-90f1-72926c7c6921
Handling Diabetes When You're SickBeing sick is no fun for anyone. For people with diabetes, being sick can also affect blood sugar levels.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diabetes-sick.html/69541ace-0bab-456f-a426-a3d04ed05b99
Managing Your Child's Diabetes on Sick DaysParents of kids with diabetes need to take a few extra steps to keep blood sugar levels under control on sick days.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diabetes-sick-days.html/7859fa32-6bc5-4783-9f8e-0490a4f74809
Meal Plans and DiabetesPeople with diabetes don't need to be on strict diets, but do need to pay attention to what they eat and when. Crack open the cookbooks and surf to your favorite recipe website because it's time to plan meals that you love!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/meal-plans-diabetes.html/7fdf67ec-ec8c-491d-8003-1b349fafb4f7
Medicines for DiabetesWhether your child is taking insulin or pills (or both) to control diabetes, it's important to learn how diabetes medicines work.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diabetes-medicines.html/25c33c76-8aa8-4ebc-a982-4c9d87dcb9b8
School and DiabetesYou probably spend more than a third of your waking hours at school. Chances are you'll need to check your blood sugar levels or give yourself an insulin injection during that time. So what do you do?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/school-diabetes.html/c4e7edd7-4c6c-4e44-a76b-69916966009c
Your Child's Diabetes Health Care TeamWhen you have a child with diabetes, you and your family have a lot to learn, but you don't have to go it alone. Your child's diabetes health care team can help.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/diabetes-team.html/0f4d2690-4665-4073-b5ca-026fae7fc768
Your Diabetes Health Care TeamIt takes all of your team members — you, your parents, doctors, certified diabetes educators, dietitians, and mental health pros — to help you take care of your diabetes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/diabetes-team.html/8bce6552-f82e-4e39-9abf-ba3817c872f6
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