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.
This toolkit is a folder of materials designed for use by a school nurse, diabetes educator or other health care professional with expertise in diabetes. These resources will help to teach school staff about diabetes basics and train select staff to perform diabetes management tasks. The kit contains the Association’s school training curriculum, pre- and post-test questions, a sample Diabetes Medical Management Plan and other information.
Content of the toolkit include:
- Recommendations for Continuous Glucose Monitors in the School Setting
- Diabetes Care Tasks at School: What Key Personnel Need to Know
- Tips for Teachers
- Pre and Post Test Modules
- Understanding Diabetes Poster
- School Nurse Pump Training Skills Checklist
- Diabetes Medical Management Plan
- Hypoglycemia Emergency Care Plan (For Low Blood Sugar)
- Hyperglycemia Emergency Care Plan ((For High Blood Sugar)
- NDEP Helping the Student with Diabetes Succeed: Guide for School Personnel
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.
The Association's "Understanding Diabetes" poster should be used to educate and alert school employees and others who provide care and supervision to students about the symptons of diabetes.
The Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) prescribes the health care provider orders for all diabetes care provided in the school setting. This individually developed plan is developed and signed by the student’s diabetes provider. The DMMP is the basis for all the health care and education plans designed to meet the needs of students with diabetes.
The Association’s Safe at School pre- and post-tests can be used in conjunction with Diabetes Care Tasks At School: What Key Personnel Need To Know to assess pre- and post-training diabetes knowledge. Pre - and Post - Test Modules Answer Key
The Association’s Safe at School, School Nurse Pump Training Skills Checklist was designed for school nurses and/or designated school employees who provide care for students with diabetes on insulin pumps.
The Association’s “Recommendations for Use of Continuous Glucose Monitors in the School Setting” provides the school nurse and other health care professionals with an overview of CGM and guidance for providing care to students who use this technology.
On December 20, 2016, the FDA approved the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System (Dexcom G5) for insulin dosing for patients ages 2 years and older. The Dexcom G5 is the only CGM system that has been FDA approved for this use. The Association’s “Guidelines for Insulin Dosing using the Dexcom G5 CGM System in the School Setting” provides the school nurse and other health care professionals with guidance for administering insulin and providing treatment using the Dexcom G5 CGM.
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
- Solutions for Common Diabetes Management Concerns in the Classroom (PDF)
Tips for School Nurses provide ideas to help the school nurse coordinate diabetes care in the school setting. Tips include planning for the care newly diagnosed or returning student, where to seek training resources, preparation for field trips, what information to provide to transportation, and other information.
Insulins come in different concentrations. It is critical to look at the insulin pen or vial for the concentration before dosing insulin. This guidance will provide information to help ensure safety for students with diabetes.
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.