School personnel play an important role in identifying children with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Specific actions schools can take to help in diabetes detection include:
- Educate teachers and school nurses about the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of diabetes and encourage them to report concerns about students to parents or the appropriate school officials. Diabetes education information can be found at http://www.ndep.nih.gov.
- Educate parents and children about diabetes, for example, by sending information home with report cards about how the number of children with type 2 diabetes is increasing, and providing information about diabetes risk factors and signs and symptoms to look for in children or by providing diabetes and health education information during parent teacher meetings.
- Partner with local and state health departments and/or organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, to support diabetes awareness activities in schools.