Because diabetes must be managed on a daily basis, school staff (teachers, nurses, principals, and office staff) can play an important role in helping students manage their diabetes. Specific action steps for schools to take to help students manage diabetes include:
- Provide training for school staff that work with students with diabetes. This training should include basic information about diabetes and the student’s needs, how to recognize medical emergencies, and steps to take in the event of an emergency.
- Work with children with diabetes and their parents or caregivers to follow the personalized diabetes care plan devised by the family and the health care team. The National Diabetes Education Program has compiled a comprehensive booklet called “Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: A Guide for School Personnel,” which can be can be found at http://www.ndep.nih.gov/diabetes/pubs/Youth_NDEPSchoolGuide.pdf or by calling 1-800-860-8747.