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Actions for the Student with Diabetes

Please print and distribute to the Student with Diabetes

  • Find out who is on the school health team—the people who will be helping you with your diabetes care. Know how to contact them if you need help.
  • Participate in the school health team meetings to talk about your health care and education plans.
  • Always wear a medical alert ID.
  • Always carry a quick-acting source of glucose, as recommended by your health care team.
  • Tell your teachers and other school staff members if you feel symptoms of low or high blood glucose, especially if you need help.
  • Work with the school health team members if you need help during the school day with checking your blood glucose, getting insulin, or eating the right amount of food at the right time.
  • Take charge of your diabetes care at school, as allowed in your health care and education plans. 
  • Talk with your school health team about which diabetes care tasks you are responsible for and which ones they will help you with. You may be responsible for the following diabetes care tasks:
    • Checking and recording blood glucose levels.
    • Figuring out the correct insulin dose you need.
    • Giving yourself insulin.
    • Throwing away needles, lancets, and other supplies you have used in a proper container or taking them home with you according to your healthcare and education plans.
    • Eating meals and snacks as planned.
    • Figuring out the carbohydrate (carb) content of food.
    • Treating low blood glucose with a quick-acting glucose product.
    • Keeping diabetes equipment and supplies with you at all times in a secure place.

​Things You Need to Know:
  1. What your health care and education plans say about the help you will receive to manage your diabetes at school, which people at school will help you, and what is expected of you.
  2. Who to contact (in school and at home) and what to do when your blood glucose is too low or too high or you are not feeling well.
  3. When you should check your blood glucose levels, receive insulin, have a snack, eat a meal, and ask for help.
  4. Where your daily and emergency diabetes supplies are stored if you don’t carry them and who to contact when you need to use the supplies or when you need help.

September 2016