Tips for your Diabetic Child in School

If your child has diabetes and will be starting or is currently in school, please consider these helpful tips to insure that he or she will receive suitable diabetes treatment while at school.

  • There should be at least one adult available at all times who is trained in the important diabetes procedures and responses.
  • Be sure your child has the necessary equipment and supplies at school. (The school should provide adequate storage for the medications.)
  • Be sure your child is able to test his or her blood glucose level, eat a snack, or have access to fluids at anytime (including on field trips and school buses).
  • Be sure your child is permitted to use the restroom as required.
  • In case of a question or emergency, be sure the school has current emergency phone numbers for all parents or guardians.
  • Let an adult know about any special eating instructions for younger children during school parties or activities.

Federal laws mandating that he or she be able to fully participate in all school activities are in place to protect your child. All schools receiving federal funding must comply with these laws.

We strongly encourage all parents to meet with the teachers and other staff member at their child’s school to establish a diabetes care plan. If everyone works together to help your child manage his or her diabetes, there is no reason they should not be able to participate 100% in the school experience.