Whether you’re sending someone back to school or heading back to school yourself, diabetes requires additional considerations and preparation to ensure students are safe and thriving at school. One of the wonderful things about the diabetes community is the resources they make available for some of the different situations we might find ourselves in. We thought it might be helpful to share some of our favorite community resources about diabetes and school:
- The American Diabetes Association has created some useful resources including:
- Understanding your legal rights at school: https://www.diabetes.org/resources/know-your-rights/safe-at-school-state-laws
- Resources to help create your own 504 or IEP plans: https://www.diabetes.org/resources/know-your-rights/safe-at-school-state-laws/written-care-plans
- For college-bound kids, College Diabetes Network has some amazing resources right here: https://collegediabetesnetwork.org/high-school/getting-ready
- In an interview with the team at Beyond Type 1, Dr. Dan DeSalvo covered all things COVID-19 and diabetes, and what to consider about heading back to school in the midst of the global pandemic: https://beyondtype1.org/kids-diabetes-covid-vaccine/
- Speaking of COVID-19, among the resources provided by Children with Diabetes is a great Screenside Chat discussing the rights of children with diabetes returning to school during the COVID-19 era: https://childrenwithdiabetes.com/diabetes-and-school/504-plans-for-students-with-diabetes/
- The Beyond Type 1 team also created a set of school resources including write-ups specific to your grade (elementary, high school, college) or role within a school (teacher, coach, etc), including some downloadable guides that can help present diabetes to people who may be unfamiliar with it: https://beyondtype1.org/school/
- Our friends at JDRF have also created some helpful school kits geared to both caregivers, independent students and teachers: https://www.jdrf.org/t1d-resources/living-with-t1d/school/
- We are fans of first person accounts and the blog series about diabetes and school over at T1 Everyday Magic is extremely helpful. They also have some free downloadable carb count stickers to use for school lunches: https://www.t1everydaymagic.com/category/daily-life/daily-life-school/
- Similarly, resources built by parents with kids with diabetes in school are always helpful, include this one with a suggested preparation timeline from Shelsea: https://typeonediabetic-life.com/2019/07/25/a-parents-guide-to-school-and-t1d/
Do you have any other resources you have found helpful with the diabetes and school journey? Is there something missing that you think needs to be created? Please let us know.
For those interested, we’ll be hosting a webinar about diabetes and school featuring Dr. Alan Cortez, a Pediatric Endocrinologist from Kaiser Permanente, Stacy Seiler, RN, BSN, PHN, a Credentialed School Nurse, entering her fourth year working in the public school system, and Tidepool’s Development Associate, Saira Khan-Gallo.
The webinar will be on Wednesday, August 18 at 7:00 pm EST / 4:00 pm PST. You can register using this link.