August 29, 2012 by matt bortmess
Last week we sent our two kiddos living with Type 1 back for a new school year. And in addition to getting all of the necessary school supplies purchased and ready for that first day, there was also the task of preparing the school for diabetes management of our kids.
First, I have to say, we are so fortunate to have a school district that looks out for the best interest of our children. In fact, school administration was the one to initiate our 504 plan for both of our kids two years ago. And this year was no different.
About two weeks before school started, I received a phone call from the school office asking for a time to meet to review and revise our 504 plans for this school year. As we sat down with the vice-principal, school nurse, both kids’ teachers and the school social worker, I was reminded that many parents/students unfortunately do not get this. Many times, it’s a battle, as I’ve heard from other parents at the annual JDRF retreat we attend.
And so, now we’re into week two of school. Routines for checking blood sugars are in place. The school nurse is becoming more and more familiar with how both of our children’s pumps work. Insulin is flowing. And the kids are off to a great start in 4th and 6th grades.
I know our experience is not the norm. D-Mom Blog’s recent book, Kids First, Diabetes Second has a great chapter addressing the school issue. I highly recommend this resource. JDRF also offers the helpful School Advisory toolkit.
Now it’s your turn. What has been your experience with your child’s school and Type 1?