Use the list below to assure a smooth transition back to school.
Contact your child’s school.
Tell them that your child was diagnosed with new onset diabetes.
Arrange to meet with the school nurse and your child’s teacher before your child returns to school.
Make a plan for communicating blood sugar results between home and school.
Complete the permission form for the diabetes team to talk to school staff about your child’s diabetes care.
Give the school a copy of the diabetes orders.
These orders must be signed by the diabetes team. Your school may require additional consent from you to allow them to given medicines.
Provide the school with emergency contact numbers.
Work, cell, and home numbers
Preferred number to use during the day
Get a medical alert ID.
Make sure your child wears it.
Provide labeled supplies for daily diabetes care:
Meter and strips
Insulin/syringes or pen needles
Lancing device/ lancets
Glucose tabs or simple carbohydrates for a low blood sugar
Urine ketone strips
Snacks with protein to eat after treating a low (ex. cheese and crackers)
Make a plan for replacing supplies.
Write a date on the insulin when it is opened. Replace every 28 days.
Consider your child’s schedule. Discuss with school what extra care might be needed.
Times for meals and snacks
Times for gym and recess
When and how does your child get to and from school
After school activities
Other school activities like field trips or parties
Call the diabetes team.
If your child gets sick or is missing school because of diabetes issues, the care plan should be reviewed.