Diabetes Care at School
It is important that parents of students with diabetes communicate fully with the school nurse about the student’s needs. If possible, plan to meet with the nurse prior to the beginning of the school year or before the first day of attendance for students who start later in the school year. A student’s parent/guardian is required to provide all necessary supplies for the student with diabetes.
The parent or guardian of a student who will seek care for diabetes while at school or while participating in a school activity, and the physician responsible for the student’s diabetes treatment, shall develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP). The parent or guardian must submit the DMMP to the school, and the school must review the plan:
1. Before or at the beginning of the school year;
2. On enrollment of the student, if the student enrolls after the beginning of the school year; or
3. As soon as practicable following a diagnosis of diabetes for the student.
Individualized Health Plan
Upon receiving the student’s DMMP, the school principal, or designee, and the school nurse, if a school nurse is assigned to the school, shall develop an Individualized Health Plan (IHP) for the student. The IHP shall be developed in collaboration with the student’s parent or guardian and, to the extent practicable, the physician responsible for the student’s diabetes treatment and one or more of the student’s teachers. If a school nurse is assigned to a campus and the nurse is available, the nurse shall perform the tasks necessary to assist a student with diabetes in accordance with the student’s IHP.
Independent Monitoring and Treatment
In accordance with the student’s IHP, the school shall permit the student to attend to the management and care of the student’s diabetes, which may include:
1. Performing blood glucose level checks;
2. Administering insulin through the insulin delivery system the student uses;
3. Treating hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia;
4. Possessing on the student’s person at any time any supplies or equipment necessary to monitor and care for the student’s diabetes; and
5. Otherwise attending to the management and care of the student’s diabetes in the classroom, in any area of the school or school grounds, or at any school-related activity.
For more information regarding Diabetes Care at School, see the NCISD Parent/Student Handbook & Code of Conduct.