A big part of creating a safe environment for your child at school requires constant communication between you the concerned parent and the faculty at school including the teachers, nurse, school counselor, school psychologist, and administration at all levels.
Most school systems and states have systems in place help special needs children assimilate into school. You need to know about legislation 504, designed to help children who are not special education but have other physical issues that need to be addressed.
It will be necessary to develop and implement an individualized care plan, which includes training school staff as to your child’s specific needs while under their care. The treatment plan should support your child in self-care and management of their diabetes that has been recommended by their endocrinologist based off their appropriate age abilities.
It is important to include a written treatment plan of your child’s diabetic needs and help the school understand their role in continuing the work you and your child do at home. The treatment plan should be made in conjunction with ALL school staff that will have daily involvement in your child’s education.
At a conference with all school staff members that will come in contact with your child, you should discuss the following:
An overview of Type 1 Diabetes and its management, Roles and responsibilities of staff members, Identify staff in the school who will serve as resources for others, Determine the hierarchy of personnel expected to respond to emergency situations, Determine the location of food kits, Glucagon and other supplies in the school building, Determine where the plan will be kept and how individual components will be shared with appropriate staff, How training for staff with specific responsibilities will be done, What is an emergency and what to do?
The School Nurse, using information gathered at the planning meeting, needs to prepare a written plan. Key staff and the child’s family must agree to the plan. The plan may be incorporated into a “504” plan if the child’s needs will be covered by this legislation. All children attending public school and/or private school is partly funded under the 504 legislation.
The school nurse is responsible for arranging training for all school staff. The nurse needs to do the training with the assistance of the child’s parents and/or families health care team.