Returning to School with Type 1 Diabetes: Parent’s Guide
Returning to school helps your child to get back into a routine and to create a “new
normal.” Use the list below to assure a smooth transition back to school.
Contact your child’s school.
ξ Tell them that your child was
diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
ξ Arrange to meet with the school
nurse and your child’s teacher
before your child returns to
ξ Make a plan for sharing blood
sugar results from home and
while at school.
Complete the permission form for
the diabetes team to talk to
school staff about your child’s
Give the school a copy of the
ξ These orders must be signed by
the diabetes team.
Provide emergency contact
ξ Work, cell, and home numbers
ξ Preferred number to use during
Get a medical alert ID.
ξ Make sure your child wears it.
Provide labeled supplies for
daily diabetes care:
ξ Meter and strips (keep one
meter at school and one at
ξ Lancing device/ lancets
ξ Glucose tabs or other
treatment for a low blood
ξ Urine ketone strips
ξ Recommended snacks
Make a plan for replacing
ξ Write a date on the insulin
when it is opened. Replace
every 28 days.
Find out your child’s schedule.
ξ Times for meals and snacks
ξ Times for gym and recess
ξ 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. (608)263-6420 ext # 3
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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