A diabetes care plan will help your child's teachers and
other school staff know when and how to manage your child's diabetes. For
example, if your child needs to eat shortly after taking insulin or to have a
snack in class, then a teacher or other adult can make sure that this happens.
At the same time, the teacher will know not to make your child stand out as
"the kid with diabetes." Your child may also feel better knowing that his or
her teachers or other school staff can help when needed.
It's a good idea to meet with the school staff, including
the principal, teachers, coaches, bus driver, school nurse, and lunchroom
workers, before your child starts school and at the beginning of each school
year. Update the plan each year before school starts, and tell the school staff
about any changes to the plan.
- The goal of a diabetes care plan for school is
to meet your child's daily needs and prepare ahead of time for any problems.
This means including all the information that the school staff needs to know to
make sure your child's diabetes is under control.
- A diabetes care
plan for school should include medical information as well as other information
that the school staff needs to know, including emergency contacts, when to call
the parents, and food information.
- Children with diabetes want to
fit in with their classmates as much as possible. A diabetes care plan can also
address how to handle special occasions, such as a school party or field trip,
so your child won't feel left out.
How do you make a diabetes care plan for school?