What do I do if the school is not meeting my child’s diabetic needs?


If you feel that your child’s school is not meeting your needs, you have no choice but to take stronger action. You may want to contact an attorney for help in deciding the best course of action. You may consider filing an administrative complaint with the U.S. Department of Education or through the school district or state appeal process. Do not delay in getting legal help. Administrative appeal and other actions need to be started quickly or you lose the ability to pursue them.

In working with school officials to meet your child’s needs, it helps to know your rights. You have the right to request that your child be evaluated for services, and if eligible, you have several other rights.

Your Public School Rights

  • You can schedule a meeting with school officials. You have a right to bring an advocate, attorney, or experts to this meeting to better explain your child’s diabetes management.
  • You can develop a plan to accommodate the unique needs of your child. This plan should precisely set out the types of special services your child needs to receive.
  • You can withhold signing a plan if it does not meet your child’s needs. Be reasonable, but stand firm if your child’s needs are not being accommodated.
  • You should be notified and review any proposed changes in your child’s plan, be included in any conference or meetings held to review the plan, and review and consider changes before they are implemented.


Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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