It’s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, shopping needs to be done for new clothes and supplies. Children and parents alike are getting prepped to head back to school for the new academic year. As different as life gets with the new routine, parents of children with diabetes have an entirely different set of challenges to face. Here’s a great article about Heading Back to School with Diabetes with helpful tips. Below are just a few examples:
- Take action. Notify the school right away that your child has diabetes. Share your child’s medical information and provide up-to-date emergency contact numbers.
- Work with your child’s health care team to develop a “Diabetes Medical Management Plan.” This plan contains the medical orders for your child. It should be signed by the health care team and submitted to the school nurse at the start of each school year. An updated plan is needed if there are changes in your child’s diabetes care plan during the year. A sample plan is included in the NDEP School Guide.
- Meet with the school nurse to go over your child’s school health care plans. The school nurse will use the medical orders to prepare your child’s routine and emergency diabetes care plans at school. You can find samples of these plans in the School Guide.
- Provide the school with all supplies, medicines, and items needed to carry out your child’s health care and emergency plans. This includes blood sugar(glucose) testing items, supplies for taking insulin (IN-suh-lin) and urine and blood ketone testing, snacks, quick-acting glucose products, and a glucagon (GLOO-kuh-gon) kit.
- Be an active member of the school health team. The School Guide includes action plans for all school personnel, and for you and your child to work together to manage diabetes care at school. Go over these checklists with your child so both of you can work as a team with school staff throughout the school year.
As we all get ready to get into our new routines for the school year, we want to say good luck and we hope for great grades!