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Some students can manage their diabetes on their own, but many will need help. A child's parents or guardians are responsible for making sure that school staff is willing and able to help the child with his or her diabetes care.
A diabetes care plan includes information that the school staff needs to know to make sure your child is safe. Your province may have a care plan template that you can use. If not, you can find one at www.diabetesatschool.ca/tools/individual-care-plan.
Check with your school or province about which of these tasks require signed consent, a mutual agreement, or training provided by you.
You must give the staff everything they need to care for your child, including supplies to do a blood sugar test, insulin, syringes or pens, glucagon (if it's in the care plan), and supplies for testing for ketones. And you need to teach the staff how to use these items. Remind the staff that your child needs access to the supplies at all times, even on a field trip. Now and then, check the expiration dates of supplies your child has at school.
Be specific about which tasks your child can do on their own and which ones an adult must do. Here are some examples of information to include in your child's care plan:
The care plan should state that your child is allowed to:
Include the best way to communicate with you about your child's health. Daily phone calls, emails, or a journal entries can be used to track how things are going at school.
Adaptation Date: 3/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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