Starting back to school takes a lot of work - educating the teacher and specialist staff (e.g. music, sport, etc) about your child's needs, putting plans in place, preparing backpacks and much more.
And, will your child's teacher be responsive and responsible?
Below are some useful guidelines that may help you.
We provide a small backpack with everything our daughter needs. Make sure that it is the STAFF who carry the backpack around, NOT the child, as we want your child to be as normal as all the other kids. In the backpack, you need:
The Action Plan spells out how your child’s school should care for their diabetes. What time meals are, what to do if a meal is late due to an assembly or other unplanned activity, what to do before sport, etc. Also known as a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMM P).
The Action Plan should have a current photo of your child, their age and class name/number, their home room teacher name and phone number, and your emergency contact details. The Action Plan should be provided in two forms - some people work better with text, others with images/flowcharts.
The Emergency Plan spells out what to do when things go wrong. It should be posted in the health center and student's classroom for easy reference (typically alongside information about allergy and asthma sufferers).
Junior schoolers are always on the lookout for worthy causes to raise money for. Check out our sample social justice letter, tailor it for your own child and send it to their social justice or fund raising committee.
Hypoglycaemia - Low Blood Sugar
Glucose Tablets for Diabetes
Hyperglycaemia - High Blood Sugar
Diabetes Back to School Checklist
Managing Diabetes at School
A1C/HbA1C - what is it?
ManageBGL in a Tele-Health/Telemedicine Environment
Blood Glucose Log Book
Dead In Bed
Insulin Pump Accuracy
Blood Glucose Meters List
Insulin Pumps List
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System (CGMSs) List
DAFNE - Dose Adjustment For Normal Eating
Australian Standard Drinks - alcohol.pdf
Total Daily Dose (TDD)
Diabetes Software and Downloads
Preventing Night Hypos - Overnight BGL Testing
Diabetic Eye Exams
Diabetic Blood Pressure
Nerve Damage - How does diabetes affect the nerves?
Books and Audio Resources
Substance (Drug) Abuse and Diabetes
Diabetes and Alcohol
Diabetes and Stress
Diabetes and Sick Days
Diabetes and Adrenalin
Diabetes and Menstruation
Diabetes and High Impact Exercise
Diabetes and Lipohypertrophy
Diabetes and Gastroparesis
Diabetes and Glimepiride
Diabetes and Symlin