The Association has many training and support materials that can prepare and educate school staff to provide needed care to students with diabetes.
Using these resources and working in collaboration with students, their parents, and their diabetes providers, schools can ensure that every child with diabetes has the best opportunity to get a great education and can safely participate in all school activities.
Learn about our online resources below that may be used by a school nurse or other qualified health care professional to train school staff.
If you have more questions, or are looking for information on a specific subject, please write us at askADA@diabetes.org or give us a call at 1-800-DIABETES, and one of our Legal Advocates will be happy to help.
Check out our 13 PowerPoint module online training curriculum designed to train school staff in diabetes care tasks. Whether school staff are providing diabetes care for the first time, or just need a refresher, this is a useful resource. Each module consists of a short PowerPoint presentation and a corresponding video segment.
This free guide, created by the National Diabetes Education Program, a partnership between the National Institutes of Health, the CDC, and over 200 other organizations, including the Association, is comprehensive and user-friendly resource that provides school staff with needed knowledge to help meet students’ routine and emergency diabetes needs throughout the school day,
Many states have created specific diabetes resources, guidelines, and materials for schools. These materials are found on the Association’s state-specific pages and most may also be accessed through the state’s education and/or health department. Check out your state’s policies for additional resources.
This PowerPoint Presentation and talking points help inform teachers about how to keep kids with diabetes safe at school. School nurses and parents can work together to present the information. The presentation defines diabetes, describes warning signs for immediate concerns such as hypoglycemia, and gives tips for helping students with diabetes succeed in the classroom. There are two handouts that go along with this presentation:
Tips for Teachers (PDF) These tips for teachers were adapted from Loudoun County, VA Public Schools
Frequently Asked Questions on Diabetes Care for School Officials
Find the answers to some of the common questions school staff have about diabetes care at school. Should students be allowed to test blood glucose in the classroom? Is calling 911 an adequate substitute for having school staff trained to respond to an emergency? Are honors students eligible for a 504 Plan?
Get more information on diabetes care in school, including position statements from stakeholder organizations, journal articles, research, and best practices. These resources can help your school or district implement practices that ensure a great school experience for your students with diabetes.